Frequently Asked Questions

Please view the following answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have questions regarding Commencement, please contact the Office of the President at or 419-372-2774.

BGSU will host Commencement on the Bowling Green campus on April 26-27, 2024

Yes. BGSU will hold a separate hooding ceremony to recogonize doctoral candidates. Doctoral candidates should check their BGSU email for additional details, as well as the RSVP link to the hooding ceremony.

Graduates must be approved for graduation by Registration and Records by April 5, 2024 in order to be included in the printed program and to have their name displayed on screen at the ceremony. 

After this deadline, a graduate may still be allowed to attend commencement, cross the stage and receive their diploma cover. The commencement team cannot guarantee their name will be included in the printed program, or displayed on screen when crossing the stage.

Caps, gowns and other graduation items are available for purchase online from Falcon Outfitters and in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Items can also be purchased online from Jostens, the exclusive supplier of graduation products for BGSU. Falcon Outfitters also carries graduation merchandise such as personalized announcements, diploma frames and class rings. If you have further questions regarding Falcon Outfitters merchandise or services, please call 419-372-2851 or toll free 866-517-9766.

GradImages will photograph graduates receiving their diploma, standing in front of the University backdrop, and as they are waiting in line.

GradImages mails proofs with no obligation to purchase. Graduates can pre-register their email. Pre-registration allows GradImages to notify graduates within 72 hours after the ceremony about viewing the digital proofs and online ordering.

For more information, call 800-261-2576 or email

Upon verification of completion of degree requirements, a notification to claim a digital version of the diploma will be sent to the graduate’s BGSU email within 1-3 weeks after commencement.  Printed diplomas will be sent to each graduate approximately 3-6 weeks following commencement. Transcripts will not be available until 3 weeks after Commencement, provided you have completed all degree requirements. Graduates who do not attend the ceremony will be mailed a diploma cover within 2-4 weeks of the Commencement ceremony (separate from the diploma mailing).

Each degree candidate is confirmed by the candidate’s academic college. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all degree requirements are fulfilled via their MyBGSU degree audit. Colleges may communicate via BGSU email regarding outstanding requirements that would delay the confirmation of a degree.

Please direct diploma questions to or the Office of Registration and Records at 419-372-8441.

Based on undergraduate coursework, students earning a gold honors cord will be notified via their BGSU email and text message approximately 5-7 weeks prior to their ceremony.

Main campus undergraduates may pick up their cord at Falcon Outfitters inside the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Firelands undergraduates will have their cord mailed to their home address.

If you have questions about your specific honor, please refer to the BGSU Academic Honors page, or email the Office of Registration and Records at and include your BGSU ID.

Family and friends can use the hashtag #BGSUGrad on Instagram or Twitter to share photos, messages and advice for graduates. Your post could be featured on the Commencement website or on screen before the in-person ceremony. Please visit our Share Your Celebration section for more digital fun.

The following dates are set for upcoming Commencement exercises. 

  • Summer 2024: Aug. 3, 2024
  • Fall 2024: Dec. 13-14, 2024

Ceremony times and college breakdowns may not be determined until approximately two months prior to Commencement. These decisions are based on final graduate counts for each college.

Updated: 02/26/2024 01:17PM