Graduation and Commencement - Ashland Theological Seminary

Graduation and Commencement

As announced earlier, we have postponed the face-to-face ceremonies scheduled for May 16. However, we still want to honor the accomplishments of our graduates and we plan to do so in several ways. We recognize that you will have questions about graduation/commencement, so we have provided some answers below:

  • Will there be a commencement ceremony in May 2020?
    On May 16, 2020, we will release a video of an abbreviated commencement ceremony during which we can acknowledge our graduates and that you can share with your friends, family and social media. Watch the ATS website and your Ashland University email account for a link to the ceremony that day.

  • Will there still be baccalaureate services?
    No, all public “meetings” are canceled at this time.

  • Will there be a ceremony or event scheduled in the future to replace these?
    We want to invite all our masters and doctoral graduates to participate in the 2021 commencement. As the year progresses and we begin to return to a more normal routine, we will let everyone know our plans for the 2021 commencement ceremony and how 2020 grads can participate.
  • Will I still graduate with the same “date”?
    Yes, provided you have met all graduation requirements (hours, courses for program, GPA, account is paid, library items returned), the “graduation” dates will remain the same. (Spring = May 16; Summer = August 19)

  • Will I receive my regalia?
    Yes.  If you indicated on your graduation application that you planned to walk in commencement, and gave your height and weight, your regalia has been ordered, and will be shipped to your home.  Please hold onto it for future ceremony if you choose to participate!
  • Will I still get my diploma?
    Yes, all diplomas and covers will be mailed directly to your home. If you have recently moved, please be sure that you submit your current address to

  • Once I have graduated (my degree has been conferred), my email account will eventually expire. How can I be assured I receive information if a commencement ceremony is planned?
    If you provided an alternate email address on your graduation application, that is the email address that we will use for you after you have graduated. If you have not provided an alternate email address, or if your address has changed again, please submit your updated email information to Laura at

Graduation Resources

Graduation Application
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