Office of the Registrar

Commencement

Fall COMMENCEMENT 2021

Join The University of Toledo in celebrating success as we recognize the graduating Class of 2021.

 More information will be posted as it becomes available on the University Commencement page.

Fall 2021 Important Dates

Deadline to apply to be included in commencement program:                         Friday, October 8, 2021


General Information for Graduates and Guests

Check back soon for information about Fall 2021.

MarchingOrder Website
Students who have applied for graduation in Summer 2021 or Fall 2021 will receive an email invitation from MarchingOrder to submit name pronunciation information and review the graduation information we have on file. Students will also be able to indicate their intent to participate.

Watch your email for more instructions from MarchingOrder.

Ticketing Information
More information about guest tickets will be posted as it becomes available.

Masks and Social Distancing
All guests and graduates will be required to wear face masks and keep at least 6 feet from others not in their household.

Viewing Commencement Virtually
A live stream video of the commencement ceremonies will be available on the main commencement webpage. Recordings of the ceremonies will also be posted for graduates and guests who are unable to attend in person.

Name Cards and Honors Cords Pick Up
Name card and honors cord distribution will be distributed prior to the ceremony.  Eligible students will also receive their honors cords at this time. Details about name card pick up were sent via email to students who responded that they plan to participate in the ceremony.

Graduates must bring this name card to the commencement ceremony in order to have their name announced.  During the ceremony, each graduate will receive a commemorative diploma case, hand their name card to the announcer to have their name read, and then walk across the stage. Afterward, graduates will return to their seats for the remainder of the ceremony.

Ceremony Line Up
Graduates will receive more detailed instructions about how to line up with their appropriate colleges as the ceremony date nears.

Diploma Cases and Commencement Programs
Diploma cases will be distributed at the in-person commencement ceremonies. If you are unable to attend the commencement ceremony, you may contact graduation@utoledo.edu to arrange pick-up.

Fall 2021 graduating students wishing to have their names published in the Fall 2021 Commencement Program must apply for graduation by Friday, October 8.  If you do not wish to have your name appear in the Commencement Program please email graduation@utoledo.edu and request to not have your name published.

Commencement programs from previous semesters are available electronically on the main commencement page.

Photographs
Each graduate is professionally photographed at multiple points during the ceremony. Graduates will be allowed to remove their masks when having their photo taken in front of the UToledo banner but must put their mask back on before processing to the stage. Approximately three weeks after the ceremony, each graduate will receive a proof of their pictures taken along with ordering instructions. For more information about photographs, please go to Grad Images website at www.gradimages.com. Family and guests are free to take pictures from the stands, but may not come down onto the field.

When are diplomas mailed? What happens after Commencement?
Following commencement and after all grades are posted, the colleges begin the task of clearing students for graduation.  This means the college reviews final grades to determine that all degree requirements have been met and notifies the Registrar's Office when the degree can be awarded. Once cleared by the college, the Registrar's Office posts the degree to the transcript and orders the diploma from Paradigm Inc.  The diploma is printed and then mailed by Paradigm Inc. to the student at the address listed on the graduation application. Students will receive an email to their UT student email address once the diploma has been mailed.  This clearing, posting, and ordering of diplomas are ongoing for about 45 days past commencement. 

To verify that your degree has been awarded,  your unofficial transcript through the myUT Portal. Follow instructions for viewing unofficial transcripts online.

How to update diploma mailing addresses
Students can verify the diploma mailing address that is currently on file by viewing their application for graduation. To view your application go to the Student tab in the myUT portal and select the Student Profile link found in the upper right-hand corner of the page.  Select the 'Active' link in the Graduation Information section (middle of the page) to access your application.  Here you will find all of the information you included when you submitted your application. 

If your diploma mailing address is different from what is displayed then complete the Diploma Address Change web form. Diploma address changes can be made up until the last day of the graduating term.

Cap and Gown
Academic Regalia for all students is available for online purchase from the Main Campus University Bookstore. Students participating in commencement are required to wear appropriate regalia. 

Please visit the bookstore's website or view the flyer for more information.

Honors
The actual honors awarded at the time a degree is posted is based on the final cumulative GPA. The diploma will show the honors awarded with the degree. View the University's Graduation with Honors Distinction Policy for complete details.

Summer Graduates
Although there is not a summer commencement program, all summer graduates are invited to participate in the fall commencement ceremony and will have their names published in the fall commencement program unless otherwise indicated as do not publish.

General and Accessibility Parking
Details on general and accessibility parking can be found on the university's main commencement page.

Inclement Weather Plan
In the event of inclement weather, notifications will be sent through the University’s UT Alert System.   Additional information on the Commencement Inclement Weather Plan can be found at www.utoledo.edu/commencement

Additional Tips for Graduates

  • Leave personal items like coats and purses with guests. There are no facilities available for storing these items. 
  • Remember to wear sash, medal, ribbon, etc. that corresponds with your honor society.
  • For safety reasons, high heeled shoes are not permitted on the turf at the Glass Bowl Stadium.

Contact Information
For questions or comments, please contact the Graduation Processing department at graduation@utoledo.edu.


 Graduating Seniors First Destination Survey
The First Destination Survey link will require you to log into your myUT portal.

 

 

Last Updated: 9/16/21