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Commencement Information

It has been determined it is in the best interest of our students, faculty, staff, and greater community that we cancel our commencement ceremony which was scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 3, 2020.

Several thousand people attend commencement every year; however following guidance and directives from Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, it is not safe to have the event during the crisis.

We recognize that canceling commencement has a large impact on our students and graduates. We are so proud of your accomplishments and want to recognize you for all of your hard work. Students graduating with an associate degree will receive a package in the mail that will likely include the following:

  • Congratulatory Letter—This letter will contain information about viewing an online tribute video featuring President Steve Johnson and instructions for posting a photo to social media.
  • Diploma Cover—The traditional diploma cover for the credential issued to Sinclair graduates.
  • Commencement Program—The program will be adapted to remove ceremony-specific Information but still contain names of all of the graduates.

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Photo from Commencement 2015
A view of Sinclair's Commencement Ceremony

Click here to see more photos from a past ceremony.

2020 Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 3, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.
University of Dayton Arena

Participating in the Sinclair Commencement Ceremony

All candidates who have successfully completed associate's degree requirements since the last commencement program (Fall 2019 and forward) are encouraged to participate in this year’s commencement ceremony. Please note that only associate degree graduates are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony. 

Click here for more information about the graduation process.

You must register to participate in the ceremony.

To register to participate, or if you have any questions regarding your status as a graduate, please contact Jenni Brannan in Registration and Student Records at 937-512-2857 or Tickets are not required of guests attending the ceremony.

About the University of Dayton Arena

As part of the University of Dayton's continuous improvement and upgrading of UD Arena, new security measures are in place, including metal detectors. All arena visitors will be required to pass through a metal detector before entering the building. Visit this link for more information about arena security.

Getting to the Arena

Click here for directions to the University of Dayton Arena. Please be aware that traffic to and from the arena may be affected by construction. Visit the Ohio Department of Transportation website for up-to-date information.