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Oath and Hooding Ceremony - Class of 2020

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:        Saturday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Location:  Schottenstein Center
                 555 Borror Drive
                 Columbus, Ohio 43210

Arrival Time for Students

Students should report to the Schottenstein Center no later than 3:00 p.m.  You will be directed to the correct location.  More information will be sent closer to the ceremony.


Everyone is required to RSVP by Friday, March 6th at 5:00 p.m. 

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.  


The most up-to-date parking information can be found here:


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 the Schottenstein Center when you arrive.
  • Caps and gowns can be ordered by e-mail, fax, mail, or in person (OSU Bookstore 11th and High) You are responsible for ordering, picking up and returning your own cap and gown. An order form will be sent in a separate email.
  • ​If you have questions about Hooding regalia, contact OSU Bookstore – Graduation Department: (614) 247-2250 or

The deadline for rental regalia is Friday, March 29, 2019.  

Rental regalia (gown, hood, tam) must be returned to Barnes & Noble, the OSU Bookstore on the corner of 11th Ave. and High St. by Monday, May 20th, 2019.  

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


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


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 4 at 12 noon at the Ohio Stadium.  Please arrive at the RPAC 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 a confirmed address in Buckeye Link by April 4, 2020.

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 6 and May 10. 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 10, 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 Ashley or call (614) 292-2257.