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Graduate Instructions

Commencement Contact:
Office of Student Services

Graduate Information


2014 Fall Commencement Ceremony

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014
7 p.m.
Umstaddt Performing Arts Hall
2323 17th St. NW
Canton, Ohio 44708

Umstattd Hall is the permanent home of the Canton Symphony Orchestra and is located on the Canton McKinley High School campus.

Deadline: Monday, Dec. 1, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Stark Commencement Reservations

Important Details for Graduates

Fall 2014 Commencement Fair - Campus Center Lobby
All your graduation needs in one convenient location!

  • Tuesday, Oct. 7: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 8: 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Representatives from the following areas will be available:
  • Bookstore - purchase your Cap & Gown
  • Student Services - pick up your Commencement tickets
    (up to 8 per graduate)
  • Advising Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Career Services
  • Jostens

When to Arrive at Commencement

  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Report to the assembly area
  • Staff will be there to direct you

There will not be a traditional graduation practice prior to Commencement. Graduates will be given detailed instructions when they arrive.

Graduates will wear the traditional cap and gown. Caps should be placed or pinned so that they appear flat on top of the head. Acceptable attire for under your gown should be professional dress. Jeans, shorts and sneakers should not be worn. 

  • Women should wear dresses, skirts or dress pants and mid-heeled dress shoes or boots
  • Men should wear dress pants and dress shoes

Ticket Information
Tickets are required for admission to the ceremony. Each graduate will be issued up to 8 tickets. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Commencement Fair in the Campus Center on October 7 & 8.

Beginning October 9, tickets will be available for pick-up in the Office of Student Services until Monday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Any tickets not claimed by December 1 will be made available to graduates who need additional tickets. If tickets are available, you may pick up four (4) additional tickets beginning Tuesday, Dec. 2 in the Office of Student Services.

Caps & Gowns
Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Commencement Fair on October 7 & 8, then available to purchase in the Bookstore. Cost for the undergraduate cap, gown and tassel is $32 + tax. Master's degree regalia must be special ordered by October 8. Contact the Bookstore at 330-244-3202 for more information.

Announcements & Class Rings
A representative from Jostens will be at the Commencement Fair on October 7 & 8. Announcements and class rings must be special ordered through Jostens.

Diplomas are mailed to your permanent address 4-6 weeks after the commencement ceremony. You will not receive your actual diploma at Commencement. Please make sure your address is up to date in FlashLine. The name that will appear on your diploma is the name on your student academic record. This is the name that prints on your transcript, invoice, schedule, etc.

Diploma frames can be purchased through the Bookstore.