The University of Toledo Commencement

History and Traditions

The University of Toledo will once again celebrate Graduation Day inside the Glass Bowl on its Main Campus, beginning in May 2017. The university-wide commencement will recognize more than 2,000 candidates for doctoral, master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees across UT’s 13 colleges that operate on the traditional academic calendar.

In recent years, UT held its main fall and spring commencement ceremonies in Savage Arena, with several colleges opting to hold separate convocation ceremonies. Only the College of Law and College of Medicine and Life Sciences, which operate on a different academic calendar, will continue to celebrate commencement on different dates.

Prior to 1998, the Glass Bowl had historically been the site for UT’s commencement celebrations. It hosted graduation again in 2008 when Savage Arena was undergoing renovations.

The Glass Bowl was built by the Works Progress Administration in 1936 for $313,558 to seat 8,000 people. The football stadium has been renovated over the years, while keeping the atmosphere of the original facility intact. The Glass Bowl now seats more than 26,000.

Last Updated: 6/30/19