Commencement

LIVE VIDEO - A video of the 2016 commencement ceremony can be found at the bottom of this page and on YouTube

Excitement is building for the 163rd Commencement exercises! Please use this website for up-to-date details regarding all ceremonies associated with commencement weekend.

Video Locations

The commencement ceremony will be streamed (Live Steam begins at 9:30 am) and will also be video cast simultaneously in Frost Lecture Hall, the University Commons and on select campus TVs. If Seiberling Gymnasium is used due to inclement weather, Gundlach Theatre will also be available as a viewing site.

Tickets and Special Seating

Each graduate participating in the commencement ceremony receives a set number of tickets. Commencement tickets may be picked up in the Business Office beginning May 1st. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Seiberling Gymnasium, and no one will be admitted to commencement without a ticket. If the ceremony is held in Hoernemann Stadium, tickets will not be necessary unless you are requesting special seating. (Please see special seating instructions below.) Guests may sit in the stadium, or may bring their own seating for the hill behind Saurwein.

Security

As a security precaution, the following items are prohibited: alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp to bleachers, noise making devices, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks, poles, and weapons of any kind. Guests are subject to visual inspection of person, bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items.

Parking

You may park in Lots C, E, F, G, and J. (See Campus Map www.heidelberg.edu/campusMap/). Golf carts will be available for those who need assistance from Lots E, F, and G. Please arrive early. Lots F and G will fill quickly. Guests with health concerns or in a wheelchair should be driven to the small parking lot next to Hoernemann Stadium. A Heidelberg University student ambassador will escort the person into the stadium. Greenfield St. and Rebecca St. will be closed from 9:45 am to 10:00 am for the academic procession.

Special Seating and Parking for those with Health Concerns:

  • Guests with special seating tickets will be admitted at 9:15 a.m. There will be a seat reserved for this person and an escort in the special seating section. The special seating area will be held until 9:45 a.m. At that time seats will be released to general seating.
  • Guests with a registered Disability Parking placard may park in the lot next to Hoernemann Stadium (across the street from National Machinery.) A member of the Heidelberg Security staff will be available to assist as necessary.
  • Guests with health concerns or in a wheelchair should be driven to the small parking lot next to Hoernemann Stadium. A Heidelberg University student ambassador will escort the person into the stadium.
  • The deadline for Special Seating has passed. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Barb Gabel by calling 419-448-2183, or the Academic Affairs Office, by calling 419-448-2216.

Broadcast of the Commencement Ceremony

A DVD recording of Commencement is available for purchase if you would like your own copy.