Central State University 2018 Commencement

The Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies are time-honored traditions where the University recognizes and celebrates those graduates whose pursuit of knowledge and academic excellence pushes them to complete all education requirements to become a candidate for a bachelor’s degree.

Both events are ceremonial and dignified to focus on the graduates and their accomplishments. Approximately 200 graduates from 16 states and the District of Columbia will receive their degrees this year.

Baccalaureate Service:
5 p.m., Friday, May 4, 2018
Central State University, Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center
Auditorium - Click for Campus Map (building 28)

link to Baccalaureate Speaker page

Keynote Speaker:
The Reverend Frederick A. Hayes, Sr.,
Freedom Faith Missionary Baptist Church
Click Here for Rev. Hayes's bio.

The baccalaureate ceremony is open to the public. A reception for family and friends will be held in the University Student Center after the ceremony.

Parking is available in the University parking lot off Brush Row Road across from the Newsom Administration Building.

10 a.m., Saturday, May, 5, 2018
Dayton Convention Center, 22 E 5th St,
Dayton, OH 45402 - Click for Google Map

link to Commencement Speaker page

Keynote Speaker:
Mr. Malik Perkins

Click Here for Mr. Perkins's bio.

When to Arrive
Doors open at 8 a.m. Guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m. to allow for the Processional. Tickets are required for admittance.

Parking is available in the Transportation Center Parking Garage, which is connected to the Convention Center, and is available in surrounding surface parking lots. The garage is located on Fifth Street at Jefferson. Parking for the event is $6.

If you park in the Transportation Center garage, take your ticket with you. Pay station machines are located on Level 1 of the garage, where the skywalk is located. Once you have paid at one of the pay stations you will receive a validated ticket for use at the exit. Upon arriving at the exit, simply scan the validated parking ticket at the gate. Drivers are encouraged to pay in advance.

Central State University will be taking still photography before, during and after the ceremony. Photos will be used for University marketing purposes.

Access to the stage area by family and friends for photography purposes will be prohibited.  A professional photographer has been hired to capture the moment when each graduate walks across the stage. Graduates will have the opportunity to review the photos and purchase if desired.

Commencement Ceremony Protocols
Please stand in silent reverence for the posting of the American flag, the retrieval of colors, the Invocation and the benediction.

Refrain from using horns, loud instruments, or making other distracting noises during the ceremony so that every graduate’s name can be heard by their family and friends.

Please silence all mobile devices during the ceremony.

After the ceremony, family and friends should exit through the side doors to meet your graduate in front of the Convention Center.

After leaving the Convention Center, reentry to the building will be prohibited. To access the Convention Center parking garage, use the street-level doors at Fifth and Jefferson streets.