Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience : Office of Student Life

Autumn Commencement Candlelight Ceremony!

When is the Candlelight Ceremony?

All graduating students and their families and guests are invited to the Autumn Commencement Candlelight, which will be held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 6pm. The event will occur at The Faculty Club and will feature light reshrements prior to the event. Guest speakers include Senior Vice President for Student Life Melissa Shivers, and President and CEO of The Ohio State Alumni Association, Molly Ranz Calhoun.

How do I apply to speak at Candlelight or Commencement Week?

Speaker applications are open now and will close on November 19, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Want to leave your mark at Ohio State before you graduate? Here is your chance! Apply for a chance to speak at Commencement and the Candlelight Ceremony. To apply you will submit a copy of your speech in regards to the prompt, fill out 1-3 references, and submit some basic information. 

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Casey Petrae at Requests made two weeks before the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Please contact for more information.


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