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The 2023 Columbus College of Art & Design Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, 2023 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 your guests at 9 a.m.


Saturday, May 13, 2023,  10 a.m.–noon
Wexner Center for the Arts' Mershon Auditorium
1871 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio OH 43210

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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.

● Ohio Union South Garage, just a little south of Mershon Auditorium is accessible from High Street and College Road.

● Wheelchair-accessible parking is available in the Ohio Union South Garage. There are also a very limited number of spaces in front of Mershon Auditorium; please note that some of these are reserved for Ohio State permit holders.

These are your closest options to the Mershon Auditorium. 

For additional information please visit the CampusParc website. This will provide you with the most up-to-date parking information for The Ohio State University campus and provide a list of additional parking options.




Tickets are required to enter the commencement ceremony.

Students can pick up to eight tickets for guests—as well as generic Commencement announcements and their cap and gown—Monday, April 17–Friday, April 21, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you need more than eight tickets, we will distribute extras per senior on a first-come, first-served basis Friday, April 21–Friday, May 5, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. in the Student Central area on the first floor of Crane Center.

Where to stay 

Visit to learn more about accommodations in central Ohio. 


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 Accessibility Manager at [email protected] or call 614.688.3890.

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

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.


Lisa Headshot

2023 Commencement Speaker

Lisa Jarrett (she/her) is an artist working in social and visual forms. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and prisms. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions; the most urgent of which is: What will set you free?

She is co-founder/director of projects like KSMoCA (Dr MLK Jr School Museum of Contemporary Art); the Harriet Tubman Middle School Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice in NE Portland, OR; and Art 25: Art in the 25th Century.

Lisa exists and makes work within the African Diaspora. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she co-authors social practice projects and continues her 14+ year investigation into Black hair and its care in various forms. She is Associate Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University's School of Art + Design where she teaches classes in Art + Social Practice.



Graduation Information for Students

Congrats! All that hard work paid off, and you made it. We're excited to celebrate your awesome accomplishment at Commencement. But first, there are a few things you need to do.

Eligibility for graduation

In order to be eligible for graduation, you must: 

  • Complete a BFA degree with a a minimum of 120 term credit hours in required courses or complete a MFA degree with a minimum of 60 term credit hours in required courses. 
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for a BFA degree (or 3.0 or better for an MFA).
  • Present an approved portfolio.
  • Meet the appropriate residency requirements. (See student handbook for details).
  • Complete and submit an application for graduation before the deadline for the term you intend to graduate. Seniors who fail to complete an application for graduation on time will not receive their degrees.

It’s on you.

Seniors are responsible for reviewing their completed coursework, with respect to graduation requirements, to ensure fulfillment of all degree requirements. This includes both your completed work at CCAD and any transfer credit from other institutions. It is your responsibility as a graduating senior to ensure that we receive all updated transcripts from other institutions prior to your last semester of attendance. All transcripts from other institutions must be addressed to the attention of the registrar.

Your division deans and faculty advisors are not responsible for ensuring that you have completed the required courses.

All candidates for graduation must have all delays of service cleared no later than two weeks prior to graduation. Any graduate with a delay of service will not receive service of any kind from CCAD, including the awarding of a degree or diploma, transcript service and other services requested. If you want to participate in the commencement ceremony and actually get your diploma during the ceremony, you must meet all deadlines, complete all academic requirements successfully and clear all delay-of-service holds.

If you're a graduating senior and you have questions regarding your requirement status, contact your advisor or associate dean, or stop by the Registrar's Office.


Graduate clearance checklist

Please remember that if you have any outstanding debts or have not been cleared by the offices listed below, all service will be delayed and you will not receive your degree, transcripts (for employment, graduate school, etc.), and will have all other services stopped until the problem is resolved. Please use the following checklist to ensure you have cleared all areas prior to Friday May 5, 2023:

• PERKINS (if applicable)
• DEPARTMENTAL FINES (if applicable)

Student loan information: All students who had Federal Direct Student Loans and/or Perkins Loans while attending CCAD must complete an Exit interview with the federal government and CCAD. These are two separate loan programs. The Perkins loan exit interview can be completed by logging on to The Federal Direct Student Loan exit interview must be completed by logging on to CCAD will be notified electronically once you complete this process.

Failure to complete the online loan exit interview process will prohibit us from giving you your degree.

Cap and gown, Commencement announcements, and tickets

Your cap, gown, generic Commencement announcements, and tickets will be available for pickup 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 21, in the Student Central area on the first floor of Crane CenterIf eight tickets are not enough for your family and friends, we will also distribute two additional tickets per senior on a first-come, first-served basis from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 21, through Friday, May 5, in the Student Central area on the first floor of Crane Center.

There are 15 generic announcements and thank-you cards included in your graduation package. If you would like to order personalized announcements at your own cost you can call JOSTENS directly at 1.800.854.7464 or go to PLEASE make sure to allow at least two weeks processing time for Jostens for any individual announcement order.

 Dates & deadlines

  • Final grades are due from the faculty at noon, Friday May 5, 2023. We will distribute special graduate lists to faculty; however, please be sure to remind your instructors that you are a May graduate. You can check your grades and all holds online via Self Service.


  • Commencement rehearsal is Tuesday, May 9, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. Students can enter through the main entrance at the Wexner Center for the Arts’ Mershon Auditorium.You must arrive in the rehearsal area prior to the 1:30 p.m. rehearsal start. You will NOT need your cap, gown and hood for the rehearsal. However, you must pick up all the items prior to rehearsal day. During the rehearsal we will show you the proper manner for wearing your apparel, particularly the hood.
  • Commencement is Saturday, May 13, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. Students will gather at the assembly area no later than 9 a.m. The front doors will open for your guests at 9 a.m.


Class of 2023 reception 

BFA and MFA members of the Class of 2023: Be sure to RSVP for the graduation reception hosted by CCAD’s President, Dr. Melanie Corn, and the CCAD Alumni Office! The gathering will be 5–7 p.m. Friday, May 5; transportation will be available to those who need it. Details on the location and how to RSVP (by Monday, May 1) are in your email. 


After Graduation Plans

Have you completed an internship, accepted a job offer, or enrolled in graduate school? CCAD wants to learn about your plans after graduation! Keep an eye on your CCAD email in April regarding the First Destination Survey in Handshake. You may still be searching for the best next step. If so, you may schedule a career advising appointment on Handshake at, by calling Career Services at 614.222.4045, or emailing [email protected].

We are excited for you as you look forward to your graduation!

Here are a few boxes to check as you prepare for graduation. Keep in mind that you will NOT receive your diploma and you will not be able to get an official transcript if you have a hold due to unpaid fees or fines. You can check for holds online on Self Service.

Action: Pay your balance in full online or email [email protected] to make arrangements to pay in full. If you have a balance that will not be paid in full before the end of the term, contact the Bursar and set up new payment arrangements by signing a new extension. 

Action: Confirm amounts owed with the library and make payment either online using Self Service or email the library with any questions at [email protected] .

Action: Email [email protected] to make arrangements to bring your ticket to Student Central and make payment. If you are unsure if you have a parking fine, you can check with the Safety & Security Office. 

Action: Confirm with your instructor whether you have a fine that needs to be paid. If you have an unpaid fine, email [email protected] to make arrangements to have the fine added to your account, and make payment. 

Action: Complete your Federal Direct Student Loan exit counseling at Complete your Perkins exit counseling at For answers to any specific questions, you can contact Financial Aid at [email protected] or call 614.222.3295.

After graduation, access to your CCAD account and services will be discontinued. Here are the important dates you need to know:

  • 90 days after graduation, your access to Moodle, Microsoft services including Office, Teams, and OneDrive, Adobe Creative Cloud, and campus WiFi will be discontinued. You will still have access to your CCAD email and Google services including Google Drive storage.
  • 6 months after graduation, your CCAD account will be disabled, so you will no longer be able to log into your CCAD email or use Google services.


CCAD had previously been able to maintain Google accounts for students after becoming alumni because Google provided higher education institutions with unlimited storage for their services. Google, however, has decided to impose limits on digital storage for colleges and universities. Because of this, CCAD will no longer maintain alumni accounts after July 15, 2022. However, as recent graduates, you will have a grace period lasting six months after graduation.

That means that all email and data in your account and Google Drive associated with CCAD will need to be transferred to a personal email account and will no longer be available six months after graduation. Purchases made with your account and third-party integrations are not able to be transferred.

Suggested next steps:

  1. Update your contact information here
  2. Handshake (CCAD’s job board site) You can continue to access your Handshake account by adding a new email address to your account and making it your “primary” email address. You can then use the new email address to login to your account. Follow the instructions in this guide to complete the process: 
  3. Google offers free personal accounts. Sign-up information can be found here. Have more than 15 GB of data in your CCAD account? Information about upgrading your personal account with more storage can be found here
  4. If you already have a personal Google account, Google has a data migration tool called Google Takeout that will help you export all of your email and data. Follow the steps here to export your CCAD email and Google Drive data to a new Gmail account or a number of different services. You can find more detailed instructions for Google Takeout here.
  5. You can find more information and resources about the upcoming changes to alumni Google accounts here


 Graduation Information for Students