- Commencement Speaker Announced
Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, United States and France, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony.
She is responsible for operations at Walt Disney’s theme parks and resorts, including Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, and Disneyland Paris. Learn more about her here.
- May 12 is the Deadline to Purchase Brunch Tickets
A brunch will be held between the Baccalaureate Service and the Bachelor's Commencement on Sunday, May 19, from 9:45-11:30 a.m. for all graduates and their guests. Tickets are on sale in the Campus Center Office and available online through Sunday, May 12. The cost is $10 per person.
- Undergraduate Commencement Questionnaire
This form in now available online here (you will be asked to log in with your network credentials). If you prefer, you can download a PDF file of the Undergraduate Commencement Questionnaire and fill it in by hand. This form is the only way to confirm your plans to participate in the ceremony with the Registrar's Office. It is due no later than May 15.
Print out this checklist (PDF) to help you plan for graduation.
- Appeal to March
When an undergraduate student is within one course of fulfilling degree requirements, Otterbein is receptive to permitting participation in commencement. A student must submit an email request to the Registrar seeking approval. Learn more.
- Commencement Ticket Pick Up
Pick up your Commencement Tickets* at the Registrar's Office between May 1 and May 15 (* pending cleared status).
- Information on your 2013 Sibyl Yearbook
Don't miss out! Otterbein's first hard-cover yearbook in four years! Buy your yearbook online at jostens.com/yearbooks.
Order online: jostens.com/yearbooks
Call Jostens toll free by phone: 866-282-1516
Or hard copy order form available in the Alumni Office M-F 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Share your photos: Include your experience and see the experience of others through photos with ReplayIt, the Josten's app for Apple and Android. To include your photos in the yearbook, share on www.replayit.com/r/ or email your photos to Yearbook@otterbein.edu; Twitter - @OtterbeinSibyl.
Preparing for Graduation
> Tickets and Guest Seating
Tickets may be picked up in person in the Registrar's Office anytime between Wednesday, May 1 and Wednesday, May 15. Each graduate will be given a maximum of seven (7) tickets. Admission to the ceremony is by ticket only. Learn more about our ticket policy here.
> Live Web Streaming
If your guests are not able to attend the ceremony in person, the ceremony will be streamed at www.otterbein.tv. The ceremony will begin at 12 noon EST and conclude at approximately 2 p.m.
> Rehearsal and Class Photo
A mandatory rehearsal and class photo will be Thursday, May 16, at 4:30 p.m. at the Rike Center. Please attend so that you are familiar with the order of the ceremony. Regalia is not needed for the rehearsal.
> Marching Instructions
Marching instructions will be reviewed at rehearsal. Here are the instructions for review.
Grad Images will take each graduate's picture as he/she shakes hands with President Krendl. A proof and order form will be mailed by the latter part of May. By June the proof, order form, and check or money order should be received by Grad Images. All orders received by June 1 will be delivered by July 1. Late orders will be accepted until December 31. You are under no obligation to purchase the pictures or respond to the Grad Images correspondence.
Find out what you need to know about Latin, Departmental, Distinction Program and Honors Program honors here.
Graduation Day - Sunday, May 19, 2013
> Baccalaureate Service
The Baccalaureate Service of 2013 will be held at 9:00 a.m. in Cowan Hall on Sunday, May 19. You and your guests may take any unreserved seats in Cowan Hall. Academic regalia and a procession are not part of the Baccalaureate Service. Both Bachelor's and Master's degree students are invited to attend.
> Pre-Commencement Brunch
A brunch will be held between the Baccalaureate Service and the Bachelor's Commencement on Sunday, May 19, from 9:45-11:30 a.m. for all graduates and their guests. Tickets are on sale in the Campus Center Office and available online through May 12. The cost is $10 per person.
> Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony
The Commencement Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, May 19, in the Rike Center. Graduates must gather for the procession at 11:15 a.m. in front of Towers Hall (in the case of inclement weather, the location will be the Clements Recreation Center indoor track). Read more details about the ceremony here.
The following items will be prohibited in the Rike Center: alcoholic beverages, coolers, backpacks, large handbags, metal folding seat cushions, seats that clamp to bleachers, noise making devises, mace or similar substances, signs, sticks, poles, and weapons of any kind. Please be aware that guests are subject to visual inspection of person. bags, and clothing capable of concealing prohibited items.
Leaving the ’Bein
Graduates who live in residence halls and wish to remain on campus until commencement must request permission by Friday, May 10. Contact Laura Farley, 823-1250, in Student Affairs. Graduates residing in The Commons and theme houses may remain in their apartments until Monday, May 20, at noon. All other graduating seniors residing in university housing during spring term will either remain in their current room through Sunday, May 19, or be assigned to a space in summer housing.
> Future Access to Your Personal Online Information
The Registrar’s Office would like to encourage you to log in to My Banner and print a copy of your unofficial transcript to keep with your diploma. You may also find it helpful to print a copy of your degree evaluation which will include information such as gpa in your major and the specific courses which applied to your major. Our office often receives phone calls from graduates who are searching for information that is found on the transcript or degree evaluation. Unfortunately we generally cannot provide such information over the phone, so you may find it helpful to have a copy of your academic record and keeping it with your diploma should make it easy to find!
You may also find it helpful to keep a record of your Banner Student ID# and PIN, and Otterbein Network ID and Password in order to be able to access your online information in the future. With Google Apps, students are able to keep their email accounts after leaving Otterbein. By keeping a record of your Banner log-in information you will also be able to access My Banner which will often provide information you may need in regard to future education plans or job searches.
Best wishes for your future success as you join the ranks of Otterbein Alumni!
> Mailbox/Mail Forwarding
Mailboxes will be terminated at the end of Spring Semester and mail will be forwarded to your permanent address for one year. Mail cannot be forwarded overseas. Should you not be graduating, please inform the SMC Office. April paychecks will be forwarded to the operable forwarding address.
How to Change Your Permanent Address:
- Log onto the O-Zone.
- Select My Banner.
- Select Personal Information.
- Select Update Addresses and Phones.
- Scroll to the bottom and select Permanent Forwarding from among the choices.
- Click Submit.