Commencement 2015

 Defiance Graduates


Baccalaureate Ceremony

Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony

Sunday, May 3, 2015                                    Begins at 10:30 a.m.                           Karl H. Weaner Community Center


Commencement Ceremony
Undergraduate and Graduate Ceremony

Sunday, May 3, 2015                                    Begins at 12:00 noon                         Serrick Colonnade

The ceremonies are planned so that Commencement will immediately follow Baccalaureate and both should be completed by 2:00 p.m. Baccalaureate will be held at 10:30 a.m. in the Karl H. Weaner Community Center. It is important that graduates arrive at the McMaster Center by 10:00 a.m. to robe and assemble for the service.

After the service, at approximately 11:15 a.m., the audience will move to the Serrick Colonnade; the faculty and graduates will return to the McMaster Center to organize for the academic procession to the Serrick Colonnade. We will begin the procession at approximately 11:45 a.m. Commencement will begin at 12:00 Noon in the Serrick Colonnade. In case of rain, Commencement will be held in the Weaner Center where seating is limited and on a first-come basis. Following the Commencement ceremony, a reception will be held for graduates and their guests.

Sun protection is advised for the outside ceremony.


Commencement Tickets are NOT required for the Baccalaureate or Commencement ceremonies. Each student is allotted 20 seats. However, if you have family members who are disabled and require special seating you will require a reserved seat ticket. Please contact the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs. She will be able to provide you with reserved seats and a parking pass. * Please make your requests early because seating is limited.

In case of rain, Commencement will be held in the Weaner Center where seating is limited and on a first-come basis.


All campus lots will be open with the exception of the Hubbard Parking Lot which is being reserved for those with parking passes (disabled seating). This map will show you available parking lots.


Bruce L. Heflin Photography will be set up in the Weaner Center prior to the Baccalaureate ceremony for still photo in cap and gown. They will also be set up at the bottom of the platform to capture a photograph of each graduate as the received their diploma. This letter provides you with all the information necessary to order packages or DVD’s of the occasion.


Please note, the ceremonies are approximately 45 minutes apart; therefore, those who need to eat a noon-time meal will want to plan accordingly. For the convenience of families and guests $5 box lunches will be available in the Serrick Center.


You may begin to pick up your regalia from the college bookstore April 10th. Students supplied regalia ordering information when they completed their application for graduation. The charge for regalia is $36.95 for Associates, $39.95 for Bachelors, and $45.95 for master’s candidates. The regalia will be yours to keep after the ceremony. The phone number for the college bookstore is 419-783-2470 and should be contacted for specific questions. For your convenience the bookstore will be open May 3rd from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon and again following the ceremony.


Full academic regalia will be required to participate in the ceremony. Only approved cords, medallions, and stoles will be accepted to be worn with regalia. We suggest the following attire:

A. Tassel Placement

  1. Bachelor’s candidates : Place tassel on right side of mortar board. Following reception of degree, place tassel on left side.
  2. Master’s candidates: Place tassel on left side of mortar board.

B. Mortar Board

  1. Wear it squarely on top of the head, board parallel to the floor; not cocked to the sides, forward or back.

C. Hoods

  1. Master’s candidates: You will be hooded during the actual ceremony. All hoods will be on stage awaiting the calling of your name.

D. Cords

  1. All cords were distributed during the Honors Convocation Ceremony held on April 12, 2015. If you forget your cords please locate the Administrative Assistant for Academic Affairs for a temporary set.
  2. They should be draped around the neck, with the tassels hanging as evenly as possible in the front.

E. Other Paraphernalia

  1. At all Commencement ceremonies, no paraphernalia beyond cap, gown, cords, medallions, and approved stoles, are permitted.


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Additional Graduation Information


Office of Academic Affairs
Defiance Hall
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm