Commencement 2020 



Event Details



Thursday, May 7 - Athens Campus

11am  Office of Inclusion Graduation Celebration

1pm  Grads on the Green Golf Outing - Ohio University Golf Course

5pm  Grads' Gathering, Little Fish Brewery, 8675 Armitage Road, Athens

Friday, May 8 - Athens Campus  

11am  Financial Aid Presentation, Baker University Center Theater, 2nd Floor (Optional)

1pm Commencement Awards Ceremony, Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (Required)

3pm Commencement Rehearsal, Convocation Center (Required for Graduates, Optional for Mentors)

Saturday, May 9 - Athens Campus

8:30am  Doors open to the public

8:45am  Graduates and Mentors arrive at the Convocation Center

10am  Commencement Ceremony begins 

Noon  Reception in Baker University Center

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Stephen E. Markovich, M.D., brings a unique blend of knowledge and experience to his role as president and chief executive officer for OhioHealth. In addition to being a healthcare executive, he is a physician, a military leader, a teacher, author and national speaker.

After earning a Doctor of Medicine degree, magna cum laude, from The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Dr. Markovich completed his residency in family medicine at Riverside Methodist. He has practiced as a family and emergency physician at Riverside Methodist and served as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The Ohio State University. Prior to assuming the role of president and CEO in July 2019, Dr. Markovich served as OhioHealth’s executive vice president, president and chief operating officer of OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, and senior vice president for acute care operations, among other leadership roles.

In addition to his career in medicine, Dr. Markovich has a laudable military career. He retired from his role as a major general and Commander of Ohio’s 5,000-member Air National Guard in December 2018 where he focused on strategic planning, force development and the development of future missions. Prior to that, he served as the Ohio Air National Guard’s chief of staff and the State Air Surgeon, among other roles


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Academic attire

Graduate attire must be ordered through the graduation application and will be distributed at the required Commencement rehearsal on Friday, May 8.

Rental attire for faculty and staff who wish to participate in the ceremony and rental attire for mentors  can be ordered at this link: 

Academic Attire Rental NOT YET ACTIVE

Rented regalia will be available for pick-up beginning at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, in the lower front lobby of the Convocation Center.

Members of the Heritage College Class of 2020 should continue checking their student email and this page for updated information.

Campus map

View an interactive map of the Ohio University campus


Guest seating and accessibility

Seating in the Convocation Center is on a first-come, first-served basis and we ask that guests refrain from saving seats. There are no tickets issued for this event or limitation on the number of guests a graduate may invite.

A sign language interpreter will be present at both the Awards and Commencement Ceremonies.

Wheelchairs will be available in the drop-off parking area to assist guests into the venue. Guests will be asked to transfer into a seat once inside the arena. There will be seats reserved for guests with limited mobility. We ask that only one additional guest sit in this section to reserve ample seats in the designated area. Wheelchair seating is available on the arena floor. If you have any questions about accomodations for the graduation ceremony, please contact the Office of Student Affairs in advance at (740) 593-2365.

For the safety and security of those attending commencement, all bags and packages entering the Convocation Center before and during the ceremony will be subject to inspection. This includes, but is not limited to purses, backpacks, camera bags and diaper bags. These are precautionary measures, and are not in response to a specific threat.

A Mamava lactation suite is available to use as a comfortable, private location for nursing and lactating individuals needing to pump or nurse. In order to utilize the Mamava suite, you will need to download the Mamava App on Apple App Store or Google Play. The app will allow you to unlock the Mamava suite in the Convocation Center.

Awards ceremony

The Heritage College Commencement Awards Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 8, time to be determined,  at the Templeton-Blackburn Memorial Auditorium .   The ceremony will include presentation of student awards and other memorable moments for you and your family. Dress will be business casual. Please continue to monitor this page and your Ohio University email for updates and RSVP information.  



A list of lodging in and around Athens is available online  via the Athens County Visitor's Bureau.  


Ordering invitations/announcements

Local bookstores have diploma frames available for purchase. For information, contact the College Bookstore at 740.594.3505.  Heritage College diplomas are 15x12 inches.  Announcements are available through Ohio University Printing Services

Mentor information

A mentor is someone who has encouraged and fostered your academic accomplishments. They should best represent the spirit and the art of your medical education. A mentor is not required for graduation. If you select a mentor, that person will walk with you on stage at the ceremony and hood you. The criteria for mentor selection is as follows:

  1. Each student may choose ONE mentor for Commencement.
  2. The mentor must have a doctoral degree (degrees include, but are not limited to: D.O., M.D., D.D.S., D.P.M., D.V.M., D.C.,  D.M.D.,  O.D., Ph.D., J.D., etc.).
  3. The mentor must be an established member of the professional community who has practiced/worked in their field for a minimum of one year. Peers and fellow classmates cannot serve as mentors.

Process for mentor selection:

  1. The graduate identifies their mentor based on the above criteria.
  2. The graduate contacts their mentor to ensure that they are willing to serve as their mentor and available to attend the ceremony. Mentors are welcome to attend rehearsal on Friday, but are not required to attend.
  3. The graduate completes the mentor selection form to communicate their selection to the college. Graduates will receive email notification once the form becomes available. The mentor’s name will be listed in the program.

Mentors as of 01/10/20 If you have additional information with regard to your mentor, please contact Beth McDonald or Heather Binnig directly.

Mentor Selection Qualtrics


Name and Premedical Degree

Your name and premedical degree will be included in the Commencement program. Please review this information for accuracy and contact us for any edits. 

Names and Premedical Degrees as of 01/10/20


  • Parking for graduating students, friends and family attending the Office of Inclusion Celebration on Thursday, May 7 will be available in Lot 122 next to Baker University Center. 
  • Parking on  Friday, May 8  can be found in lots 127 and 128 surrounding the Convocation Center.
  • The following lots have been designated for parking on Saturday, May 9 :
  • All vehicles must be parked within a valid non-metered, non-restricted space within one of the lots designated above.
  • We offer shuttle service from Grosvenor Hall (near the Convocation Center parking lot) to Baker University Center for the reception following Commencement from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For questions regarding commencement parking, call 740.593.2365.


Campus Travel 

A variety of travel instructions are available using GPS maps. 

The address to the Convocation Center is 95 Richland Avenue, Athens, Ohio 45701.

For additional information about travel and parking, see OHIO Transportation and Parking.

View Webcast of the Ceremony

If you cannot attend the Commencement ceremony, a live webcast will be available on the day of the event here.  Please note: The video stream accessible at the link below will not display the live event until the ceremony begins.  

2020 Ceremony

  If you couldn't attend previous ceremonies or wish to view them again, the links below will take you to  archived videos of the event.

Watch 2019 Watch 2018

Photo Gallery

Event photographs, along with graduate and mentor portraits, will be available to students for download shortly after Commencement. Students will receive an email linking to the downloadable images and will have 30 days to complete the process before the image gallery expires.


Printed Program

Enjoy this interactive digital version of the printed program.


Contact us

Mailing Address:   
Office of Student Affairs 
Grosvenor Hall 018 
1 Ohio University 
Athens, OH 45701-2979 
Office of Student Affairs

Telephone and Fax:   
740.593.2365, office 
740.593.2399, fax