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Oath and Hooding Ceremony - Class of 2018

The Oath & Hooding Ceremony formally acknowledges the achievements of our veterinary students.  The ceremony reminds the students of the high standards of performance and behavior to which each aspires and with which each is challenged as they enter upon professional careers as veterinarians. During the ceremony students will receive their hoods and recite the veterinary oath. 

Date:        Friday, May 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Location:  Schottenstein Center
                 555 Borror Drive
                 Columbus, Ohio 43210

To view last year's Oath & Hooding Ceremony go to:

Arrival Time for Students

Students should report to the Schottenstein Center - Northwest Rotunda at 2:00 p.m. and you will be directed where to go. You will receive more details as we get closer to the event date. 


Everyone is required to RSVP by Friday, March 16 at 5:00 p.m. If you have a change of plans after completing the form below, it is your responsibility to notify us as soon as possible at or call 614-292-1171.

Guests and Tickets

There is no limit to the number of guest that you invite.  Tickets are not required and will not be provided.  Guests should not bring large bags or prohibited items such as pocket knives or air horns.  More information can be found here under Prohibited Items/Security:

Guests of the graduates can enter any rotunda entrance.  The northwest rotunda is closest to the Gray and Scarlet parking lots.


Parking is free.   Guest parking will be in the Gray and Scarlet lots directly north of the building.  You can find link to parking map at:


The concession stands will be open during the ceremony. 


There will not be a reception after the ceremony.  We encourage you to make dinner plans with your family and friends.  You can find places to dine as well as hotel information at:


All students who participate in the Hooding Ceremony are required to wear authorized gowns ordered through the OSU Bookstore.  We ask that you wear your gown, but you do not wear your cap.  We will have your hood at Schottenstein Center when you arrive.

  • We ask that you wear your gown, but do not wear your cap.  We will have your hood at Schottenstein Center when you arrive.
  • Caps and gowns can be ordered by e-mail, fax, mail, or drop off (OSU Bookstore 11th and High) You are responsible for ordering, picking up and returning your own cap and gown.
  • ​If you have questions about Hooding regalia, contact OSU Bookstore – Graduation Department: (614) 247-2250.

The deadline for rental regalia is Friday, March 30th 2018.  

Rental regalia must be returned to Barnes & Noble, the OSU Bookstore on the corner of 11th Ave. and High St. by Monday, May 21st, 2018.  

All missing returns will be charged up to a $729.00 replacement fee after the deadline.


Your hooder must be an Ohio State faculty member or an adjunct faculty member (this does not include interns or residents). If you plan to have a hooder other than Dean Moore, please make sure you notify them directly and invite them to participate in the ceremony. You will also need to provide the hooder's information below.  Our office will reach out to them directly as well with additional information.

*Please note:  For the Class of 2019 and moving forward, your hooder must be a Ohio State faculty member (this does not include adjunct faculty member, interns or residents)


To help us pronounce names correctly during the ceremony, please complete the pronunciation information below.  

Pronunciation Key

Please separate syllables with dashes and indicate a STRESSED syllable with ALL CAPITAL LETTERS

Example:  Jacquelyn Fetrow
Phonetic pronunciation of first name: JACK-wah-linn 
Phonetic pronunciation of last name: FET-roe

Rhyming word(s) for first name: JACK-wall-inn
Rhyming word(s) for last name: BET-slow

Spring Commencement

The University's Commencement will take place on Sunday, May 6 at 12 noon at the Ohio Stadium.  Please arrive at the French Field House by 10:30 am.  When you arrive, we will provide you a line number. 

For additional information about commencement, please visit 


Ohio Stadium opens at 10:00 AM commencement day.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  No tickets are required.  


If you do not plan to attend Commencement, you will need to let us know how you would like to receive your diploma.

If you would like to receive your diploma by mail, be sure the permanent address entered on Buckeye Link will be valid after commencement. Your diploma will be sent by U.S. Mail. Ohio State does not assume responsibility for non-delivery if the permanent address you provide is incorrect and diplomas are not forwarded by the U.S. Postal Service. You should receive your diploma within one month. To have your diploma mailed outside the U.S., you must provide the confirmed address in writing to your college office by Friday, April 6.

To check  or update your address go to: 

If you would like to pick up your diploma, go to Buckeye Link (formerly the Student Service Center) on the first floor of the Student Academic Services (SAS) Building, 281 West Lane Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210-1132, during regular business hours between May 7 to May 11. You may send someone else with a letter granting that person permission to obtain this document on your behalf. If your diploma remains unclaimed after May 11, an attempt will be made to mail it to your permanent address as listed on Buckeye Link within one month.

You can find detailed information about receiving your diploma at: 

*This information is subject to change for each class, if you have questions please email or call (614) 292-1171.