Commencement FAQs

Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring to Commencement?

Current planning includes open seating and no 'number of guests' restriction. Tickets are not required for any ceremonies hosted during commencement weekend.

What options are available for accessible seating/parking?

There is accessible parking and seating available at all commencement locations. Upon arrival, guests with accessibility needs are encouraged to connect with an usher who can take them to the various accessible seating areas.

Yager Stadium

Accessible parking is available in each of the parking lots designated for event parking near Yager Stadium for all ceremonies. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces. For the University commencement ceremony, accessible shuttle buses will  be in operation from each of the parking lots designated for event parking to assist guests to and from the designated drop-off areas at the northwest entrance of Yager Stadium. Please observe the directions on signs approaching event parking areas as guests will be directed to the next available parking location as they fill.

Accessible seating is available on the East Stands and the West sideline of the field. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Wheelchairs are located at Guest Services for transportation to and from seating areas. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.

Millett Hall

Accessible parking is available in the West Millett Lot. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces. An accessible drop off location is also available on the North side of Millet.

Accessible seating is available on the court level and the upper level, both accessible by elevator. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.

Goggin Ice Center

Accessible parking is available in the Campus Avenue Parking Garage and alongside Oak Street. A valid state-issued disability placard is required to park in accessible parking spaces.

Accessible seating is available all around the upper level of the arena. Please connect with an usher upon arrival and they will be able to assist you. Guests sitting in the accessible seating area are permitted one companion to accompany them in the accessible seating area.

Learn more about accessibility services at commencement ceremonies including ASL interpreting and live captioning by visiting the commencement website. If additional disability-related accommodations are needed to facilitate full participation, please contact the Miller Center by phone at (513) 529-1541, Ohio-Relay: 7-1-1 or SDS@MiamiOH.edu at least one week prior to the ceremony.

Where can I stay when visiting for the Commencement ceremony?

A list of accommodations in Oxford and beyond is provided on our Accommodations website. Booking fills fast, so you may need to expand your search to outside of Oxford.

Housing/Residence Hall Accommodations. A limited inventory of traditional residence hall rooms will be available for rental for the evening of Saturday, May 14 to families of graduates. Descriptions of services and policies are available on the Housing Reservations website. Subject to availability - a sell out is possible.

RV Space Reservations. RV space reservations can be made by calling 513-529-4295.

What is the difference between the University and Divisional Ceremonies? (May only)

Students walk across the stage and have their name read at the divisional ceremony as this is the ceremony where undergraduates and Master's degree students are individually recognized. The university ceremony is for all students to attend, but students will not walk across the stage and have their name read at it. The university ceremony is where the main commencement speaker will give their remarks, doctoral candidates will be hooded, ROTC students will be commissioned, and each division will stand as a whole and be recognized by their Dean. It is completely optional, but many students attend it so they can spend additional time with friends and family.

Where can I find a schedule for a specific area of study’s ceremonies?

Date and times for each academic division’s ceremony are available on the Commencement Website.

Will the ceremonies be live streamed? 

Each ceremony will be live-streamed from Miami University's YouTube account. You will access the YouTube May 2022 Commencements playlist and then find the divisional ceremony that you want to watch. You can share this link with friends and family that want to tune in.

How long do the ceremonies last? 

The main ceremony is expected to last 90-120 minutes. Divisional ceremonies typically last around 90 minutes. 

Is there a website I can visit with more information?

For more information on the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony, visit the Commencement website

Who should I contact with further questions?

Commencement—General
Office of the President (Kathy Squance, squanckm@MiamiOH.edu)

Academic Attire/Grad Item Purchases
513-529-2600 (Miami University Brick & Ivy Store, Kristy Frasher kfrasher@ecampus.com) 

Diplomas, Transcripts and Eligibility
513-529-8703 (University Registrar, commencement@MiamiOH.edu) 

Student Disability Services
513-529-1541 (The Miller Center for Student Disability Services, sds@MiamiOH.edu)