Ottawa University invites and encourages family and friends to attend and participate in celebrating our graduates annually at one of our commencement ceremonies. The commencement season is filled with hope and purpose as our graduates achieve a meaningful milestone and pursue new career opportunities. We recognize and applaud our graduates and their respective families during graduation ceremonies conducted at each campus.
For our residential campus in Ottawa, KS, the commencement date, time, and location are detailed below. The Fredrikson Chapel will open 60 minutes prior to the start time. Due to the number of graduates and attendees, each graduate is given a predetermined number of tickets to distribute to family and friends. While there is limited seating available within the Fredrikson Chapel, the Hetrick Bistro provides a family-friendly remote viewing area, with Starbucks beverages and continental breakfast available for purchase. For more information please review The College Commencement booklet (available in February).
For our Overland Park, KS; Phoenix, AZ; Jeffersonville, IN; Brookfield, WI campuses and online students, our commencement ceremonies are open to graduates and their respective families completing degree programs based on seating availability. An application for graduation must be completed and submitted to the appropriate campus at least 90 days prior to the ceremony date. The commencement ceremony dates, times, and locations are detailed below.
IMPORTANT: Graduates will line-up for Commencement in Gangwish Library.
Graduates and their families will find more information in The College commencement booklet, which will be made available in February 2017.
Guests from out of town can find lodging and dining information by clicking here and looking at the Community Resources tab.
The archive of the 2016 Commencement as it was livestreamed, can be found by clicking here.
The link for the 2017 Commencement ceremony will be available the week prior to the ceremony date.
2016 Letter to Graduates
NOTE: Caps and Gown must be ordered by April 10, 2016.
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