Commencement FAQs

A few answers to frequent questions about Commencement.

How long is the ceremony?

The ceremony is scheduled to run for approximately two to two-and-a-half hours.

What time is Commencement?

The ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Please plan to arrive early to take your seat.

Come prepared to be outdoors, as the ceremony will be held under a tent on the west side of Antioch Hall. Only in the case of extreme weather forecasts will the ceremony be moved indoors.

Where is parking available?

Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in any of the Antioch College lots as well as street parking on Commencement day. A state-issued disability parking permit is required for parking in designated accessible spaces.

Golf carts will be available for anyone with mobility concerns, especially when navigating uneven ground.

How will guests sitting further back from the stage be able to see?

The tent is not so large that guests at the back will not be able to see the stage.

A small area is reserved next to the graduate seating area for family to come watch/take photos as their loved one receives a diploma. Those who use the area are asked to come and go quickly so that everyone is able to enjoy it. 

Are animals welcome?

Only handicap service dogs are allowed inside the tent. Pets are important family members but for their safety and the comfort of others, please keep them at home.

Will there be special accommodations for handicapped and hearing-disabled individuals?

There are a limited number of handicapped parking spaces in various lots around campus. Wheelchair-accessible seating will be reserved at the ceremony site. Advanced notice for specific requests is recommended so that we can do our best to accommodate needs. Please contact Volunteer and Events Manager Chris Burgher.

Can I bring my own video and photo recording devices?

Yes, but we ask that guests do not interfere with the official photographers and videographers.

What happens in the event of inclement weather?

In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held in the South Gym of the Wellness Center at Antioch College. The decision to move the ceremony indoors will be made by one day prior to the morning of the ceremony. An announcement will be posted on this website to update guests. Due to space restrictions, only ticket holders will be allowed access (graduating seniors receive tickets they can distribute prior to Commencement).

Studio B in the Wellness Center and McGregor 113 will serve as overflow seating and will feature a live stream of the Commencement ceremony.

Is smoking allowed during Commencement?

Commencement will be held outside, but smoking is not permitted in any seating areas. It is recommended that individuals who would like to smoke to go to the perimeter parking lot areas or other designated smoking areas away from other guests. If the ceremony is held inside due to inclement weather, smoking is not permitted per Ohio law.

Smoking may occur in designated areas (marked by cigarette receptacles) at least 30 feet beyond entrances and exits to buildings.

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