Commencement is our time to honor you and your accomplishments and your time to celebrate all that you have achieved with your family and friends.

Otterbein Undergraduate & The Graduate School Commencement Information

Commencement is the culmination of your Otterbein experience. Whether you’re earning your undergraduate or graduate degree, you are now ready to take on the world!

Live Streaming

Both commencement ceremonies will be streamed live via YouTube. Click the ceremony links below to access each stream.

Contact Us:

Email if you have any questions about the Commencement ceremonies.

General Information for Family & Guests


If you need overnight accommodations for your visit to Otterbein, you’ll find a variety of hotels conveniently located near campus.

Note: Otterbein does not in any way endorse these businesses, products or services. This listing is provided as a resource only.

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
32 Heatherdown Dr
Westerville, OH 43081
614.899.6560 x7114

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Polaris (2.6 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
8411 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH 43240

Courtyard by Marriott (5.1 miles)
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7411 Vantage Drive
Columbus, OH 43235

Embassy Suites (2.7 miles)
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2700 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus, OH 43231

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris (2.4 miles) 
9000 Worthington Road
Westerville, OH 43082

Holiday Inn Express – Polaris (2.7 miles)
8670 Orion Place
Columbus, Ohio 43240

Candlewood Suites Polaris (3.4 miles)
8515 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240

Extended Stay America (3.4 miles)
8555 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240

Hilton – Columbus / Polaris (3.4 miles)
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240

Hilton Garden Inn (3.4 miles)
8535 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240

Comfort Inn North/Polaris (3.6 miles)
8400 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH, 43240


Family and guests may park in any campus lot. See the campus map for parking lot locations.

Special Needs Drop-Off:
Guests who would have difficulty walking from the parking lot to the Rike Center can be dropped off at the west doors of the Rike Center opposite Davis Annex. This entryway is closest to the area where special needs guests will be seated.
Those with special hearing needs can be dropped off at the front of the Rike. This entryway is closest to the area where they will be seated. Click here for a map of the Rike Center special needs seating.

Security Precautions

Please be aware that guests are subject to visual inspection of person, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items.

The following items are prohibited in the Rike Center:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coolers
  • Backpacks
  • Large handbags
  • Metal folding seat cushions
  • Seats that clamp to bleachers
  • Noise making devices
  • Mace or similar substances
  • Signs
  • Sticks
  • Poles
  • Weapons of any kind

Graduation Photos

Grad Images will take each graduate’s picture as they shake hands with President Comerford. A proof and order form will be mailed by the latter part of May. By June, the proof, order form, and payment 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. Grad Images may be contacted via their website or at 1-800-261-2576.