Central State University 2016 Commencement


Saturday, May 7, 2016

10 am

Doors open at 8 am

Graduates’ Picnic

Thursday, May 5-Noon

Due to the unfavorable weather forecast for Thursday, May 5, 2016, the Graduates’ picnic will be held in the University Student Center – Game Room on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at Noon.


Class of ’66 Dinner

Thursday, May 5 - 7 pm
Central State University, Student Center, Ballroom, RM 202 A


Baccalaureate Service

Friday, May 6-5 pm
Keynote Speaker: the Rev. Dr. Victor M. Davis, Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Columbus, OH
Central State University, Paul Robeson Cultural & Performing Arts Center, Auditorium

Graduates should arrive at the Joshua Smith Center of Education and Natural Science building (lobby)  at 4:00 p.m. for the Baccalaureate processional line-up on Friday, May 6, 2016.


129th Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 7th – 10 am
Dayton Convention Center, 22 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio

Parking is available in the Convention Center parking garage or in surrounding lots. We recommend that guests with physical limitations arrive between 8 am and 9:30 am.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Russ Mitchell, Former anchor for the CBS Evening News weekend editions and currently Managing Editor Evening News at WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland, Ohio.


Local Hotel

Holiday Inn Dayton/Fairborn
2800 Presidential Dr.
Fairborn, OH 45324

Rate: $104.00 includes breakfast (Central State University standard rate)


Reservation Link: http://www.holidayinn.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=hi&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=FBNPD&rateCode=IXIMF&_PMID=99502056&corpNum=786821615


Ceremony Instructions

We encourage everyone to arrive early. Once the processional begins, guest will not be allowed to enter the hall where the ceremony will take place until the doors are re-opened by the officers or ushers. After the ceremony, guests can exit the Convention Center and meet the graduates across the street at Dave Hall Plaza.


Ticket distribution

Each graduate will receive 12 (maximum) admission tickets to the commencement ceremony. The ticket distribution date will begin on April 20, 2016. Children over the age of three (3) must have a ticket.

Note: If for any reason a student becomes ineligible to participate in the commencement ceremony, the tickets should be returned to the Office of the Registrar.


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Dates to Remember

November 13, 2015 – Graduation Application deadline (late fees will be accessed after the deadline)

January 20, 2016 – Senior Graduation Information Session (2 pm – Robeson Hall, Recital Hall)

February 18, 2016 – Senior Graduation Information Session (6 pm – Robeson Hall, Recital Hall)

March 4, 2016 – Senior Salute – CSU Dayton / Ward Center Ballroom (order graduation regalia and finalize the graduation exit process)

April 8, 2016 – All financial balances must be paid in full in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.

April 18 – 23, 2016 – Early Exam Week. Prospective graduates who do not successfully complete all classes will not be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

May 6, 2016 – Morning Rehearsal and Evening Baccalaureate Program

  • 2016 Commencement Rehearsal – Dayton Convention Center, 22 East 5th Street, Dayton, Ohio, Friday, May 6, 2016 – 10 am. (approximate length: 2 hours) Prospective Graduates are responsible for transportation.
  • 2016 Baccalaureate, Central State University, Paul Robeson Cultural and Performing Arts Center

May 7, 2016 – Commencement Day