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Please check Ohio State commencement for details about each semester's ceremony.

Commencement Absence 

If you will not be attending commencement, please indicate so on your Application to Graduate in GRADFORMS.


Doctoral candidates wear a scarlet and gray gown and black tam as the official commencement regalia. PhD caps and gowns can be purchased or rented at Ohio State Bookstores only. Master’s candidates wear a black gown with long or sheet sleeves, with an arc-sharped panel extended for each sleeve.

Master’s caps, gowns, and hoods may be purchased from the Ohio State Bookstore, the Barnes and Noble Gateway Bookstore, or Student Book Exchange. Fees are due at the time the order is placed. 

Hoods are awarded to doctoral candidates by their advisor or a dean of the Graduate School as part of the commencement ceremony. If you purchase an upgraded hood, it will arrive with your robe. Carry it over your arm at commencement. 

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