2016 Commencement

CCAD Commencement 2016

May 14, 10 a.m. at the Palace Theatre

Palace Theatre, 34 W Broad St, Columbus, OH 43215

Parents, family, and friends join us for our 137th Commencement as more than 230 graduating CCAD seniors, including our master of fine arts graduating class, don caps and gowns, walk across the stage of the historic Palace Theatre, and receive their diplomas. After years of creative growth, intense learning, long nights, and inspiring days (and a few X-acto knife scars along the way) our grads are ready to unleash their talents on the world and join the ranks of CCAD Alumni.

Faculty who have reserved a seat on stage with Michele Kibler, please plan to arrive at the theatre before 9 a.m. Enter from the Stage Door on Lynn Alley at the rear of the building and follow the signs to the assembly room on floor 6. Unless you have you own regalia, your cap, gown and hood will be available in the assembly area.

Commencement Speaker: Jon Rubin

Jon Rubin is an interdisciplinary artist who creates interventions into public life that reimagine individual, group and institutional behavior. His projects include starting a radio station in an abandoned neighborhood that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, running a barter-based nomadic art school, operating a restaurant that produces a live video talk show with its customers and co-directing another restaurant (Conflict Kitchen) that only serves cuisine from countries with which the United States is in conflict. Rubin has exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Mercosul Biennial, Brazil; the Shanghai Biennial; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, New York; the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; the Rooseum, Sweden; the Parkingallery, Iran; as well as in backyards, living rooms and street corners. Rubin is a recipient of the Creative Capital Award and a recent finalist for the International Award for Participatory Art. He is an associate professor in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of the Contextual Practice area.

Information for Family & Guests


Seating at the Palace Theatre is first come first served. No tickets are required to attend. Reserved seating can be arranged for handicapped guests and one family member to assist the guest with special needs. These arrangements are made by the graduate with One-Stop Student Services when they fill out their graduation application. If arrangements were not requested on the graduation application, please ask your graduate to contact the One-Stop Student Services office as soon as possible.

Parking Information

Parking is available in the LeVeque Tower Parking Garage, located on Front Street; however, it may be full as the Race for the Cure starts near the Theatre that morning. Customers can enter the garage from Front or Gay Streets. Parking also available at the Statehouse Parking Garage off Broad Street. You can find out more about parking in Downtown Columbus by clicking on the below links.

Directions and parking for the Palace Theatre

Additional information on getting around downtown Columbus

Click here to view the Race for the Cure course map with additional parking options.

Want to park and ride? Parking is free on all CCAD surface lots and the Palace Theatre is less than one mile from campus. We will be providing shuttle service to and from the Palace beginning at 7:30 a.m. If you would like to ride, please plan to meet in the parking lot at the corner of E. Broad St. and Cleveland Ave., across from the Design Studios on Broad. Our bus can only accommodate 13 passengers per trip, so please plan to arrive early. If it’s a nice day, you may want to consider walking.

Where to Eat

Planning lunch or dinner after commencement? Go to Experience Columbus for information on nearby restaurants

Fun tip: Want to dine at a locally owned restaurant? Try the "local dining" filter when searching for restaurants on the Experience Columbus site (you can also search by cuisine preference and neighborhood)

Information for Graduates

Go to the Graduation Information page for a list of important reminders, dates, and deadlines for graduating seniors and MFA candidates.

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