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Undergraduate Commencement

Commencement Picture
Jordan Hawkins is the 2017 Otterbein student commencement greeter

2017 Student Commencement Greeter

It's Otterbein tradition that we have a student commencement greeter contest. Although there can only be one winner, the contestants' speeches were excellent.  Read more about this year's winner, his words, and excerpts from all the finalists' speeches.

Important News/Announcements 

Otterbein honors our graduates in our annual Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies held in the spring of each year.

  • Regalia Order
    DEADLINE TO PRE-ORDER is February 6th! Pre-order your cap and gown from Jostens.
  • Apply to be the Commencement Greeter
    Every year Otterbein picks a graduating senior to give a five minute congratulatory greeting at commencement. Any senior graduating at the conclusion of Spring or Summer terms is eligible for this honor. We are looking for a strong representative of the class of 2018 with an interesting story to share.  In order to be considered, please fill out this application. Deadline is noon on Friday, Feb. 2
  • Countdown to Commencement
    Join your classmates for the grad fair and pick up your regalia on March 22, 2018 from 11AM - 6PM. Information will be available from the Registrar's Office, Graduate Office, Center for Career and Professional Development, Alumni Relations, and more.
  • Senior Celebration
    Wednesday April 25, Campus Center patio, immediately following graduation rehearsal. Pick up your official Class of 2018 t-shirt, enjoy pizza donated by Donatos, a photo booth, Gigi's cupcakes, and more! 
  • Third Annual Lavender Graduation at Otterbein University Sponsored by FreeZone, the Office of Diversity, and Tri Iota, Lavender Graduation affirms the achievements of lgbtqia+ (lesbian, gay, genderqueer, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual) graduates and their allies. Friends and family welcome. At the celebration, each student receives their cords and has a chance to share something about their experience and thank their support circle.If you are a graduating senior and you would like to attend and/or receive a lavender cord, please contact Suzanne Ashworth (sashworth@otterbein.edu) or Jean Barnard (jbarnard@otterbein.edu). Date TBD.
  • Mandatory Questionnaire
    This form in now available online here (you will be asked to log in with your network credentials). This form is the only way to confirm your plans to participate in the ceremony with the Registrar's Office. It is due no later than April 10.
  • Checklist
    Print out this checklist (PDF) to help you plan for graduation.
  • Appeal to March
    When an undergraduate student is within two courses of fulfilling degree requirements, Otterbein is receptive to permitting participation in commencement. A student must submit an email request to the Registrar seeking approval. Learn more.
  • Commencement Ticket Pick Up
    Pick up your Commencement Tickets* at the Registrar's Office between April 11 and April 25 (* pending cleared status). Each graduate will receive a maximum of seven tickets.
  • Lock in your love for Otterbein!
    Lock in your Love for Otterbein today! As a member of the Class of 2018, you will have the opportunity to earn a tan, cardinal and white philanthropy cord to wear during the commencement ceremony. The philanthropy cord recognizes your commitment to supporting the University and giving back to your Otterbein community. Visit www.otterbein.edu/love today.

Preparing for Graduation   

  • Tickets and Guest Seating
    Tickets may be picked up in person in the Registrar's Office anytime between Wednesday, April 11 and Wednesday, April 25. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only. Learn more about our ticket policy here
  • Live Web Streaming
    If your guests are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the ceremony will be streamed online. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon EST and conclude at approximately 2 p.m.  Click or copy and paste the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbp0kvoOwKw.  
  • Rehearsal and Class Photo
    A mandatory rehearsal and class photo will be Wednesday, April 25, at 4:30 p.m. at the Rike Center. Please attend so that you are familiar with the order of the ceremony. Regalia is not needed for the rehearsal.
  • Marching Instructions
    Marching instructions will be reviewed at rehearsal. Here are the marching instructions for review.
  • Pictures
    Grad Images will take each graduate's picture as he/she shakes hands with President Krendl. A proof and order form will be mailed by the latter part of May. By June the proof, order form, and check or money order should be received by Grad Images. All orders received by June 1 will be delivered by July 1. Late orders will be accepted until December 31. You are under no obligation to purchase the pictures or respond to the Grad Images correspondence.
  • Honors
    Find out what you need to know about Latin, Departmental, Distinction Program and Honors Program honors here.

Graduation Day - Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Baccalaureate Service
    The Baccalaureate Service of 2018 will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Cowan Hall on Sunday, April 29. You and your guests may take any unreserved seats in Cowan Hall. Academic regalia and a procession are not part of the Baccalaureate Service. Both Bachelor's and Master's degree students are invited to attend.
  • Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony                                                         The Commencement Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, April 29, in the Rike Center. Graduates must gather for the procession at 11:15 a.m. in front of Towers Hall (in the case of inclement weather, the location will be the Clements Recreation Center indoor track).

Security Precautions
The following items will be prohibited in the Rike Center: alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp to bleachers, noise making devises, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks, poles, and weapons of any kind. Please be aware that guests are subject to visual inspection of person. bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items.

Leaving the ’Bein

  • Housing
    Graduates who live in residence halls and wish to remain on campus until commencement must request permission by Friday, April 20. Contact Student Affairs at 614-823-1250. Graduates residing in The Commons and theme houses may remain in their apartments until Monday, April 30, at noon. All other graduating seniors residing in university housing during spring term will either remain in their current room through Sunday, May 13, or be assigned to a space in summer housing.
  • Future Access to Your Personal Online Information
    The Registrar’s Office would like to encourage you to log in to My Banner and print a copy of your unofficial transcript to keep with your diploma. You may also find it helpful to print a copy of your degree evaluation which will include information such as gpa in your major and the specific courses which applied to your major. Our office often receives phone calls from graduates who are searching for information that is found on the transcript or degree evaluation. Unfortunately we generally cannot provide such information over the phone, so you may find it helpful to have a copy of your academic record and keeping it with your diploma should make it easy to find!

    You may also find it helpful to keep a record of your Banner Student ID# and PIN, and Otterbein Network ID and Password in order to be able to access your online information in the future. By keeping a record of your Banner log-in information you will also be able to access My Banner which will often provide information you may need in regard to future education plans or job searches. 

    Best wishes for your future success as you join the ranks of Otterbein Alumni!

  • Mailbox/Mail Forwarding
    Mailboxes will be terminated at the end of Spring Semester and mail will be forwarded to your permanent address for one year. Mail cannot be forwarded overseas. Should you not be graduating, please inform the SMC Office. April paychecks will be forwarded to the operable forwarding address.

    How to Change Your Permanent Address:
    • Log onto the O-Zone.
    • Select My Banner.
    • Select Personal Information.
    • Select Update Addresses and Phones.
    • Scroll to the bottom and select Permanent Forwarding from among the choices.
    • Click Submit.
    • Welcome to the Otterbein Alumni Family!  
      Being an Otterbein Cardinal doesn’t end at graduation; you’re a Cardinal for Life and we hope you’ll stay connected with Alumni Relations  Please share your news and updates with other alumni through Classnotes.

      To make changes to your personal information, please email the Office of Alumni Relations at alumniinfo@otterbein.edu or update your information online.

      There are many ways to stay involved with Otterbein, so tell us how you want to stay connected through our Get Involved Form. We STAND with you, and we hope you will STAND with Otterbein by donating to the Otterbein Fund to make a difference for future Cardinals!

/ Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is located in Towers Hall, Room 27.
p/ 614.823.1350 
f/ 614.823.1009 


Business Hours 
Monday - Friday:

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Mailing Address: 
Otterbein University 
Office of the Registrar 
1 South Grove Street 
Westerville, OH 43081