With roots dating back to 1804, Ohio University was the first of its kind to be established in the state and today provides students with over 208 academic programs to choose from in the pursuit of a diploma and future career. Over 108 different countries are represented at Ohio University making it a versatile and diverse academic institution where students enjoy a 93% employment or continued education rate upon graduation. At Ohio University, students can work towards undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees that represent a wide range of fields, interests, and specialties. While a student’s journey through either an undergraduate or graduate track at this school is bound to be an adventure in learning, there’s something spectacular about attending graduation. Whether it’s a direct family member or close friend who has successfully obtained their degree, attending an Ohio University Graduation in Athens, Ohio is an event in celebration and meaningful steps forward in life that you won’t want to miss.
A Gathering to Remember
Once the caps and gowns have been picked up and the processional arranged, it’s time to enjoy the commencement ceremony which is held annually around the beginning of May at the Convocation Center in Athens. The Convocation Center occupies the west green of the Ohio University campus making it a beautiful and convenient place to hold such a prestigious and exciting event. Graduate and undergraduate ceremonies begin at 9:30 am on separate days of the week with doors opening to the public at 8:00 am.
The Ohio University Wind Ensemble is generally charged with the music that leads the processional and provides the soundtrack that defines this meaningful moment for so many graduates. Keynote speakers address the crowd of graduates each year, giving them inspiration and advice for heading out into the world and onto the next phase of their professional path in life. While the ceremony is meticulously planned and carried out, it’s an exciting time for families and the air of celebration is hard to miss. For those planning to attend an Ohio University Graduation, questions regarding the ceremony should be addressed to The Office of Event Services which is located at Baker University Center 347.
Nearby Attractions and Activities
Attending your loved one’s graduation ceremony is only one step of celebrating their momentous day. Make sure the rest of your trip to Hocking Hills and Athens is spent showing the graduate an incredible time. Hocking Hills has plenty for you to see and do for just that. Head out into Hocking Hills State Park to see the area’s biggest natural attraction. Hocking Hills State Park is the primary reason why most of our visitors come visit time and time again. The park features seven distinct areas each open to explore through hiking paths and trails. Areas such as Cedar Falls take you through lush trails that take you by majestic waterfalls. Ash Cave features a huge natural cavern and waterfall. Conkles Hollow features more of the canyon trails through denser forested areas. These trails are perfect for all ages to attend so no one will get left behind. The connecting path between each area is also paved allowing wheel chair access. Hocking Hills State Park is open year-round so you can visit during spring and winter graduation ceremonies!
Toast to Your New Grad
Most college graduates are at least 21 years or older allowing them to participate in a celebratory toast with family. Take your new grad out for a beverage to one of the many spots in town. If your grad is a wine lover Hocking Hills Winery has plenty for you to enjoy and choose from. Visitors can relax at the winery and enjoy the beautiful summer weather. Pick a glass of any of their wines available or try out a wine flight that features four or six tasters. There are also snack boxes too with charcuterie options like meats and cheeses to pair your wine with. If your grad is not a wine drinker take them to Brewery 33 for an exciting atmosphere. They feature a spacious patio area that has live music on the weekends along with a variety of food trucks. They produce handcrafted ales with a core selection and some seasonal favorites too. Find your favorite beer style such as IPAs, stouts, lagers, and more on their rotating selection. If your grad is a spirits connoisseur look no further than Hocking Hills Moonshine. This is Hocking Country’s first moonshine distillery to open in the area. The free tour will take you behind the scenes and sample some of their small batch moonshines.
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When you’re in town to celebrate an Ohio University Graduation, make sure to book a vacation rental with Buffalo Cabins and Lodges. We’ll help you find the perfect cozy cabin or sprawling residence to hold a graduation party after the commencement has ended. Contact us today for more details and to begin planning your trip!