CCAD's 2022 Commencement

Saturday, May 14, 2022 | 10 a.m.–noon

Congrats! All that hard work paid off, and you made it. We're excited to celebrate your awesome accomplishment at Commencement.

Parents, family, and friends, join Columbus College of Art & Design for our 143rd Commencement. 


Information for family & guests


Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.–noon
Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium
1871 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43210

Parking information

Click here for directions and parking.


Tickets are required to enter the commencement ceremony.

Students can pick up to 8 tickets for guests. Tickets will be distributed at the time of cap and gown pickup, which will be Friday, April 15, through Friday, April 22, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at Student Central in the Crane Center. Need more than 8 tickets for your family and friends? Additional tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22 at Student Central in the Crane Center. 

Accessibility—Mershon Auditorium does not have an elevator. Main floor accessible seating is available for individuals with limited mobility or those using wheelchairs, and their companions. To make advance accessible seating arrangements or request accommodations, please email Registrar Michael Murray at [email protected].

For guests with tickets, seating at the Mershon Auditorium is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where to stay 

Visit to learn more about accommodations in central Ohio. 

Where to eat

Planning lunch or dinner after commencement? Go to Experience Columbus for information on nearby restaurants. Want to check out a locally owned restaurant? Click here to dine local.

Commencement speaker

The 2022 Commencement speaker is Paula Scher. 

Ruben and Isabel Toledo. Credit: Karl Lagerfeld
Paula Scher

Paula Scher
Honorary doctorate 

Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity systems, environmental graphics, packaging, and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, the Public Theater, the Museum of Modern Art, the High Line, the Metropolitan Opera, Tiffany & Co., Citibank, and Microsoft. Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors including the National Design Award and the AIGA medal. She is an established artist exhibiting worldwide, and her designs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Library of Congress, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and other institutions. A documentary on Scher and her work can be seen in the Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design.

2022 Commencement program

Commencement program

2022 Commencement Livestream

Commencement Livestream

2022 Commencement Photos

2022 Graduation photos 

End-of-year Events

Chroma: Best of CCAD
Friday, May 13, 2022
Columbus College of Art & Design
Free and open to the public

Celebrate the future of art and design at Chroma: Best of CCAD, the college's annual exhibition of top student work. More details at