Friday, May 10, 2019

11 a.m. – Phi Beta Kappa Initiation
University Hall, Gray Chapel
Initiates should assemble at 10:30 a.m.

Noon – Phi Beta Kappa Luncheon
Benes Room, Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

7 p.m. – Baccalaureate Celebration
University Hall, Gray Chapel
Students, faculty, and staff will participate in this interfaith program, planned by members of the graduating class.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

9-11 a.m. – Breakfast Reception for Seniors and Guests
Pritchard House (135 Oak Hill Ave.)
Seniors, parents, families, friends, faculty, and administrators are welcome to attend. If there is rain the morning of the event, the breakfast will be held in the Benes Rooms of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

11 a.m. promptly – Legacy Photos
West steps of University Hall
Photos will be taken of all 2019 graduates whose parent(s) or grandparent(s) attended Ohio Wesleyan University, with their alumni parents and/or grandparents. Graduates should wear caps and gowns.

12:15 p.m. – Commencement Processional Assembling
Locations to be announced for each group.
Assembling of seniors, trustees, faculty, and administrators for the Commencement Processional.

1 p.m. – Commencement Ceremony
Merrick Lawn (in front of Merrick Hall)
The lawn offers ample seating for families and friends of the graduating seniors. Family members are encouraged to come early for best seating. Ponchos and rain jackets are recommended (no umbrellas please) in case of light rain. For those unable to join us for this special event, we invite you to watch our live Commencement webstream.

For wheelchair accommodations with a maximum of four attendants, please visit, click on Frequently Asked Questions, and complete the form located under “Will there be special accommodations for handicap and hearing-disabled individuals?” Graduating seniors also may contact the Public Safety Office at 740-368-2222 for assistance. OWU is unable to provide wheelchairs but does offer transportation from the handicapped parking lot to the seating area. A sign language interpreter will be present for the hearing impaired.

If severe weather necessitates, the ceremony will be held in Gordon Field House inside the Branch Rickey Physical Education Center. Seating is limited in the field house, and admission will be by ticket only. Seniors will receive five (5) tickets each, available at the OWU Campus Store.

For more information, please visit our website at

First Aid

A first aid station will be located near the Commencement ceremony seating area.

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