Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Fall 2018 Commencement Candlelight Ceremony!

When is the Candlelight Ceremony?
All graduating students and their families and guests are invited to the Fall Commencement Candlelight Ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 7:00 pm in the Performance Hall in the Ohio Union. Graduating students will receive a class pin available exclusively at the event. President Drake and Senior Vice President for Student Life Dr. J will offer remarks.

Things to Know about the Candlelight Ceremony

  • All members of the Ohio State community and their guests are invited to attend.
  • No RSVP is required.
  • The duration of the ceremony is a little less than one hour.
  • A limited number of chairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for guests who need them.

Please contact Abby Greene or Kimani Robinson for more information.


Your time at The Ohio State University has almost come to an end! Are you still looking for a way to leave behind a legacy of all your own? If so, we have a great opportunity for you! We are looking for a student speaker for the Spring Commencement Week Candlelight Ceremony and other Commencement Activities, which will take place on December 13th, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the Ohio Union. Registration is open at Applications are due November 5, 2018 at 11:59 pm. If your essay is selected, you will be asked to preform it in front of a panel of judges on November 13, 2018 from 4-8 pm. 

All you have to do to apply is submit your proposed speech about your experience here at The Ohio State and what it has meant to you. If your speech is chosen you will then be asked to perform it in front of a carefully selected panel of judges, who will choose our Spring 2018 Commencement Candlelight Ceremony Speaker!

Speaker registration is currently closed. Please contact Commencement Week Chair Abby Greene at or Kimani Robinson at for more information.

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