Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

What is Commencement Week?

Commencement Week is a week-long celebration leading up to both Autumn and Spring Commencement. A series of events will occur to recognize graduates’ achievements. For Fall Commencement Week, these events include Planetarium Shows, Grad Cap Craft Night, and Candlelight Ceremony and Dessert Reception at Performance Hall, Ohio Union. For Commencement Week in Spring, these events include Planetarium Shows, Orton Bell Tower Tours, Grad Cap Craft Night, Candlelight Ceremony on the Oval, and Grad Fest (formerly known as Time and Change Tailgate). All undergraduate, graduate, and professional students are encouraged to participate and invite their family and friends along.

What is the Buckeye Bucket List?

The Buckeye Bucket List includes locations on campus that we think graduating students would like to visit before they attend Commencement. We realize that it is possible to attend Ohio State for three or four years without appreciating the hidden gems that Ohio State has to offer. The list of places on this list tries to bring those hidden gems to the attention of students so that they can experience all Ohio State has to offer before graduation.

Is it possible to help out with the planning of Commencement Week?

Yes! If you are interested in helping out with Commencement Week, please contact Michele Marcinick or Elyssa Hausman. We would love to get you involved with Major Campus Events Committee.

Pilot Program for Language Interpretation

For Spring 2017, we are piloting a program to provide language interpretation in Spanish, Mandarin, Portuguese and Somali during the Commencement ceremony. Participants will be required to use a personal cell phone to dial in for the service. Please note that this is a pilot program and conference lines are limited. The large audience size also may cause limited cellular connectivity and service. Please visit to complete an online registration. You will receive an email with more details if a conference line is available. The deadline to register is Friday, May 5, at 8 a.m.

For Questions about Commentment Week events, please contact the Commencement Week co-chairs: