BGSU Firelands Commencement



Saturday, May 6, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

Graduates from Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 who wish to participate in BGSU Firelands Commencement must RSVP by March 24, 2017, to the Student Services office or contact Sheryl Wahl at

Each graduate participating in commencement receives (4) guest tickets which MUST be picked up in the BGSU Firelands Bookstore by Friday, April 14, 2017. Extra tickets MAY be available and can be reserved by contacting Michele Meredith, Marketing and Community Relations, Foundation Hall Room 114 or by calling  419-372-0817.  

There is no Commencement rehearsal prior to May 6 so you must assemble on time in order to receive instructions for the ceremony

Baccalaureate degree candidates will assemble in Room 2007 and associate candidates in Room 2004, Cedar Point Center, on Saturday, May 6, 2017, promptly at 5:45 p.m. A professional photographer will be taking portrait images of each graduate prior to Commencement ceremonies and arrival after 5:45 p.m. will jeopardize your ability to get a photo taken. Do not arrive late.

The ceremony will last approximately one hour. The name of each graduate will be announced, the graduate will walk across the stage, be congratulated by the BGSU President, Dr. Mary Ellen Mazey and BGSU Firelands Dean, Dr. Andy Kurtz, and then return to their original seat.

During the procession, you will receive a ceremonial diploma cover; however, your actual diploma will be mailed to you by Registration and Records approximately six to ten weeks after the June 2, 2017 graduation deadline.

A cap, gown, and tassel are required to participate in the commencement ceremony. They can be purchased from the BGSU Firelands Bookstore in Foundation Hall. If you have been notified you are graduating with honors, inform the Bookstore and honors cords will also be provided.

General Seating: There is no assigned or reserved seating for guests of the graduates. Seats will be occupied on a first come, first served basis.  The ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cedar Point Center.  No one will be admitted to the main auditorium once the processional has begun. 

Special Accommodations:  Guest with disabilities should indicate the special services assistance or appropriate modifications needed to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at 419-372-8495 or prior to the event.  

If you have been notified you are graduating with honors, inform the BGSU Firelands Bookstore and honors cords will be provided. Extra honor cords are not available the day of Commencement. 

All graduates, family members, and friends are invited to join faculty and staff members for food and refreshments in the Pit area of North Building directly following Commencement ceremonies.