CCAD Commencement


The 2024 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2024 at Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium, located on The Ohio State University campus at 1871 N. High St. Columbus, Ohio, 43210. Students will gather at the assembly area no later than 9 a.m. The front doors will open for guests at 9 a.m.


Saturday, May 11, 2024 | 10 a.m.–noon
Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium
1871 N. High St. 
Columbus, Ohio 43210


Parking information

Parking information There are many options for parking when coming to Mershon Auditorium. On-campus parking is available at:

  • Arps Garage, to the north of Mershon Auditorium on High Street, is available for visitor parking after 4 p.m. and on weekends. Arps, 1990 College Road North, is about a block north of the Wexner Center, with entry gates on 18th Avenue.

  • Ohio Union Garages
    • The Ohio Union North Garage at 1780 College Road South is the first garage directly south of Mershon Auditorium, has entry gates on High Street and College Road, and is generally available for visitor parking after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

    • The Ohio Union South Garage, just a little south of the Union North Garage and a block-and-a-half south of Mershon Auditorium, is accessible from High Street and College Road. Entry gates are located on High Street and College Road. Visitors can park in this garage anytime.

Accessible parking is available at all CampusParc Garages. There are also a very limited number of metered parking spaces in front of Mershon Auditorium; please note that some of these are reserved for Ohio State permit holders. Learn more about drop-off points and parking on the Wexner Center’s accessibility page here.

For the most up-to-date parking information please visit the CampusParc website.


Tickets are required to enter the commencement ceremony. For guests with tickets, seating at the Mershon Auditorium is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details on picking up your tickets, generic Commencement announcements, and cap and gown will be shared at a future date.


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 contact the event accessibility manager by emailing [email protected] or calling 614.688.3890

Where to stay & where to dine

The Greater Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau has a wealth of resources for out-of-towners, including dining, hotel accommodations, and more!


2024 Commencement speaker: Andrew Levitt (a.k.a. Nina West)

Andrew Levitt (a.k.a. Nina West), drag queen, actor, singer-songwriter, activist and children’s book author, will deliver the Commencement address at the 2024 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium.

Graduation info for students

Attention, students! Whether or not you plan on walking across the stage at Mershon Auditorium in May, there are several steps you’ll need to take in order to officially graduate.