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Commencement Events

Commencement Events

COMMENCEMENT EVENTS

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.
 

All candidates for graduation must complete an Application for Graduation at least 90 days prior to the ceremony date. Please request an Application for Graduation from your academic advisor.

For our residential campus in Ottawa, KS, please note that the doors to the Fredrikson Chapel will be opened for seating 1 hour prior to the ceremony 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 ceremony will be available via livestream.

The University's commencement ceremony dates, times and locations are detailed below.

 

Graduation Ceremony Details

Ottawa, Kansas (OUKS)

Graduation Ceremony Details

May 7, 2022  •  10:00 a.m. CDT

Ottawa University's Fredrikson Chapel
1001 South Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS  66067


  • CAP AND GOWN: Candidates for graduation can pick up their cap and gown at the Braves Fan Shop (located in Gangwish Library). We highly recommend that the cap and gown be picked up in advance to allow the gown to be hung or steamed to remove wrinkles in advance of the ceremony.
     
  • GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS: Order your official Ottawa University graduation announcements at this link.
     
  • PHOTOS: A photo will be for sale of the graduates as they accept their diploma on stage through Kramer Photography. Photos from the May 7, 2022 ceremonies are available for viewing and purchase. When photos are ready, they will be available at this link.
     
  • LIVESTREAM LINKS: The ceremony will be livestreamed on the day of the event. To watch the ceremony via Livestream, click here.
     
  • RECORDING: Baseball and Softball Ceremony - May 2, 2022
    Due to our baseball and softball teams competing in the national playoffs and therefore possibly missing the 2022 Commencement ceremony, a short ceremony was held to honor and congratulate them with their peers. Watch it here.

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  • Graduates will line-up for Commencement in Gangwish Library.
    • Graduates are required to arrive at the designated location by 9:00 a.m. for the ceremony.
       
  • Graduates and their families will find more information in the Ottawa (KS) Campus in the Commencement Booklet, which will be made available closer to the ceremony date.
     
  • REHEARSAL: In lieu of an on-campus rehearsal, the following videos have been created for graduates to know what to expect as they walk in the ceremony.
  • Guests from out of town, visit our Community Resources page to find lodging and dining information.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions regarding Commencement, please complete the form below and someone will be in touch with you.

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Arizona (OUAZ - Surprise and Phoenix)

Graduation Ceremony Details

April 30, 2022  •  10:30 a.m.

Faith Arena, O'Dell Center
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374

To watch the ceremony via livestream, click here.

CAPS and GOWN ORDERING

PLEASE NOTE: When placing your order, you will need to select the event date listed above.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the residential campus in Surprise, Arizona, click here to order your cap and gown.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the campus in Phoenix, Arizona, click here to order your cap and gown.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Order your official Ottawa University Arizona graduation announcements at this link.

HELPFUL INFORMATION

DOORS OPEN

The O'Dell Center (Faith Arena) gates will open at 9:30 a.m., 1 hour prior to the start of the ceremony for friends and family to enter and find seating prior to the start of the event.

TICKETS

Tickets are NOT required to attend the Commencement ceremony at O'Dell Center (Faith Arena).

PARKING

Ample parking is available around campus and the stadium. Click here to see a map that shows parking throughout the campus.

MASKING

At this time, masks are NOT required on the OUAZ campus. Those feeling more comfortable attending the outdoor ceremony in a mask, are welcome to do so at their own discretion.

COMMUNITY INFORMATION

For your convenience, click this link for the information regarding your upcoming visit to Surprise, Arizona, for Commencement. 

There are a variety of hotels in the area, and there are three that are situated right close to campus:

QUESTIONS

If you have questions regarding Commencement, please complete the form below and someone will be in touch with you.

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Wisconsin / Online / Overland Park / EMBA

Graduation Ceremony Details

In-person Graduation Ceremony Details

May 7, 2022  •  1:00 p.m. CDT

Ottawa University's Fredrikson Chapel
1001 South Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

To watch the ceremony via Livestream, click here.

To access the professional photos taken at this ceremony, click here.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony Details

May 7, 2022  •  6:00 p.m. CDT

Ottawa University Facebook Page

CAP and GOWN ORDERING

PLEASE NOTE: When placing your order, you will need to select the event date listed above.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the campus in Overland Park, Kansas, click here to order your cap and gown.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the campus in Brookfield, Wisconsin, click here to order your cap and gown.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the Online campus, click here to order your cap and gown.

If you are a candidate for graduation from the EMBA program, click here to order your cap and gown.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

Order your official Ottawa University graduation announcements at this link.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions regarding Commencement, please complete the form below and someone will be in touch with you.

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