​​​​​​​​​​Commencement 2019​


Join us for the University of Findlay graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex. The ceremonies will broadcast live by UFTV on its YouTube Channel: UFTV Productions. Commencement is a formal event and all graduates are required to wear a University of Findlay cap and gown. Below, you'll find all the information you need about the events leading up to the ceremony, ordering your cap and gown and more! If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact M. Renee Schafer, Academic Affairs, at [email protected] or 419-434-4553. 

REMEMBER: If you plan to graduate, you must apply to do so through the Office of the Registrar.

How do I order my cap and gown?

After February 13, stop by the Bookstore to order your cap and gown or visit the bookstore website, https://shop.findlay.edu/ and download the regalia order form. Orders cannot be taken over the phone, as it violates our PCI compliance agreement. You are expected to pay for your cap and gown at the time it is ordered. Prices for regalia are by degree: undergraduate, $75; master’s, $100; and doctoral, $124. A late fee will be charged starting March 11. For more information, visit the University Bookstore site.  

Earn Your Philanthropy Cord and Support the Graduating Class Gift

Each year graduating seniors give back to enhance the student experience at Findlay by supporting a scholarship for underclassmen through the Graduating Class Gift. Seniors who also complete at least six hours of community service and attend an educational philanthropy event in addition to supporting the Graduating Class Gift receive a green philanthropy cord to wear at commencement. Click here to learn more about the Graduating Class Gift and philanthropy cord.

Commencement 2019

Graduation Events​

Graduation Countdown

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019   •   9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Alumni Memorial Student Union, Lounge

Order your cap and gown. 

Senior Salute

Tuesday, April 16, 2019   •   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Union, Multi-Purpose Room 
Pick up your cap and gown order and finalize all details for graduation.

Commencement Rehearsal

Friday, May 3, 2019

Undergraduate Rehearsal:  1 - 3 p.m.

Graduate Rehearsal: 3 - 5 p.m.

Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex, Student Recreation Center

At the rehearsal, you will "walk through" the entire ceremony and the reading of your name will be rehearsed so that you have the opportunity to correct the pronunciation. For the graduate ceremony rehearsal, graduates should bring their hoods for practice.

Graduation Reception Hosted by the

President & Parents Executive Council

Friday, May 3, 2019   •   4 - 6 p.m.
Carrothers Home of the President
President Katherine Fell, Ph.D., and the Parents Executive Council will welcome graduating students and their families to a celebratory reception. Graduates will receive an invitation from President Fell for this event.

Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 3, 2019   •   6 p.m.
College First Church of God Sanctuary
All graduates and family members are encouraged to attend this ecumenical worship service open to graduates and family members of all faiths. This religious service is organized and directed by your classmates. Cap and gown are not required for this event.


Schedule for Commencement Day

Saturday, May 4, 2019


8 a.m. – Doors open to the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Center. NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED.  

8:15 a.m. – Graduate students must report to the Student Recreation Center. A University of Findlay cap, gown and hood are required. Staff will be available to help you prepare for the procession.  

9 a.m. – The formal procession will begin promptly. Guests should be seated and ready for the procession. The ceremony begins in the Malcolm Athletic Center of the Koehler Complex.


11 a.m. – 1 p.m. • Alumni Memorial Union – Reservations required. The University of Findlay cordially invites you to attend a Commencement Day Brunch on Saturday, May 4.

Register for the brunch here. Adults: $18; Children: $9 (ages 6-12); Children: free (ages 5 and under); Graduates: complimentary. All reserved tickets will be available at the registration table. If you have any questions or for reservations, please call the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends at 419-434-4516.


2 p.m. – Doors open to the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Center. NO TICKETS ARE REQUIRED. Graduating students must report to the Student Recreation Center where volunteers will assist graduates in preparing for the procession. A University of Findlay cap and gown are required. 

3 p.m. – The formal procession will begin promptly. Guests should be seated and ready for the procession.

Griffith Memorial Arch Ceremony

The traditional arch ceremony will immediately follow the conclusion of the graduate and undergraduate ceremonies. A recessional will be played, and graduates will be led in a formal line of march through the Griffith Memorial Arch in front of Old Main, marking the completion of their time at the University of Findlay. Students enter through the Arch as freshmen and they are welcomed by the faculty and staff who will guide them down the path to a meaningful life and productive career. When they march back through the Arch at graduation they have been transformed into more knowledgeable, confident, service-oriented and informed individuals.

Graduation Checklist

Academic Requirements

Be sure you have met all academic requirements by contacting the Office of the Registrar at 419-434-4556. 

Academic Regalia

It's required! Don't forget to order yours from the University Bookstore at 419-434-4561 or shop.findlay.edu


You may purchase announcements through the University Bookstore at 419-434-4561. 

Outstanding Bills

Make sure all financial requirements of the University have been satisfied by contacting the Business Office at 419-434-4690. 

Commencement Brunch

Make your reservation online today.

Alumni Association

Graduates automatically become members of the Alumni Association. We invite and encourage you to become an active member. For information and services, please contact the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends at 419-434-4516 or visit www.Findlay.edu/Alumni

Flowers and Class Shirts

Purchase flowers or class shirts for your graduate prior to the commencement ceremony here. Proceeds benefit the Students for Alumni Relations organization. 


We have arranged for a photo to be taken of each graduate receiving his or her diploma. Please allow two weeks for delivery of proofs. You may also order online at www.graduationfoto.com. Photos of the arch ceremony may be downloaded by going to http://www.flickr.com/photos/uf_images/ 

Watch Live!

The ceremonies will be broadcast live by UFTV on its YouTube Channel: UFTV Productions. After the ceremony, you may view the video on the channel for free at any time (please allow up to 24 hours for the YouTube upload process). DVDs may be ordered for $30 each. Order here. If you have questions, please contact [email protected]. Please allow three to four weeks for delivery.


Contact the Office of Accommodation & Inclusion at 419-434-5532. Parking for people with disabilities will be available in front (east side) and behind the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex (west side). Closed captioning is available during the ceremonies.  

Download the Oiler Mobile Commencement App to keep up with all the events for Commencement 2019!

There is a lot going on during the week leading up to Commencement and on the big day.  Download the Oiler Mobile app and select "Alumni & Friends" to be taken to the new Commencement App.  In the app, you will find:
  1. A Link to RSVP for the Commencement Brunch and information about the President's Reception
  2. A calendar of events for the week 
  3. Links to watch the ceremonies live
  4. Digital programs for both ceremonies (once they are finalized)
  5. A campus map with the Commencement-related locations labeled

Just go to the App Store or Google Play and search for "Oiler Mobile" to download the app.  If you already have the app, just select the orange Commencement button on your home screen to be taken to the new app. 

Congratulations and we hope you are looking forward to your big day.  You have earned it!

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