Commencement Information

Congratulations to the MTSO class of 2020. Below is information for graduates’ guests, followed by information for the graduates themselves. This page will be updated throughout the Spring Semester.

Information for guests

Baccalaureate Service

The service begins at 7:30 p.m. May 22 in the Alford Centrum. Graduating senior Jennifer Fowler has been selected by the faculty to preach the sermon. Tickets are not required.

A live video broadcast of baccalaureate will be available on MTSO's Livestream page, and it will be archived there for viewing at any time.

Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony begins at 11 a.m. May 23 in the Dickinson Courtyard, between Gault Hall and the Alford Centrum in the center of the MTSO campus. Signs will point the way to the ceremony.

Grace Imathiu, senior pastor of First United Methodist Church, Evanston, Illinois, will deliver the commencement address. A sought-after preacher who earned her Master of Divinity degree from MTSO in 1987, Rev. Imathiu has pastored congregations from Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Nairobi, Kenya.

Ample seating will be provided under a tent. Tickets are not required. Free parking is available on campus.

Commencement will be streamed live on MTSO’s Livestream page, and it will be archived there for viewing at any time.

Reception

We welcome guests to enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and beverages immediately following the ceremony in Dunn Dining Hall. Graduates will be free to join the reception after their class photo is taken.

Getting here

We are located on U.S. Route 23. Our address is 3081 Columbus Pike in Delaware, Ohio 43015. Here is a Google map.

Lodging and dining

Many hotels are within a 10-mile radius of the MTSO campus. Here are TripAdvisor reviews of nearby hotels. Restaurant options also are plentiful. Here are Yelp reviews of Delaware restaurants.

Information for graduates

Event schedule

Convocation – 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Alford Centrum
This convocation is a highlight of the academic year and serves as the venue for presenting awards to seniors.

Commencement rehearsal – 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, Dickinson Courtyard
To ensure a smooth and dignified ceremony, your attendance at rehearsal is vital. We expect to conclude rehearsal by 5:30, leaving ample time for those who wish to go out to dinner with friends and family before baccalaureate.

Baccalaureate – 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, Alford Centrum
There is no academic procession associated with this worship service. Seniors who aren’t direct participants may sit with their families and friends.

Formation of commencement procession – 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 23, Library Room L-8
You will meet here to robe, receive final instructions and form the processional line.

Commencement ceremony – 11 a.m. Saturday, May 23, Dickinson Courtyard
No passes are required. We expect to have ample seating for all guests, sheltered by a tent. The ceremony usually lasts about an hour and 15 minutes.

Reception – Following commencement, Saturday, May 23, Dunn Dining Hall
Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served in the dining hall. Note: While graduates and faculty will gather on the front steps of Werner Hall for a class photo immediately after the ceremony, Dunn Dining Hall will be open as soon as the ceremony ends. Please encourage your guests to proceed to the dining hall and let them know you'll arrive a few minutes after they do.

Academic regalia ordering

An order form for regalia has been created here. The ordering deadline is April 1. We use environmentally friendly "green weaver" gowns. If you wish to order clergy robes of a higher quality for your use later, you can find the links on the website of our regalia supplier, Oak Hall Cap & Gown. If you plan to use a black clergy robe, you do not have to purchase a gown for graduation but will still have to order your hood and cap. If you have questions about regalia, please contact academicaffairs@mtso.edu.

Formal graduation announcements

We are pleased to provide each senior with five formal, embossed commencement announcements with envelopes, at no charge. Along with your five free announcements, you have the option of purchasing additional announcements for $2 each. Extras don’t need to be ordered in advance. Announcements are available from either Danny Russell in Werner 206 or Leigh Precise in Werner 205. Both offices are up the stairs from main lobby of Werner Hall.

Questions

If you have any questions about commencement and related events, feel free to contact Danny Russell at 740-362-3322 or drussell@mtso.edu. We wish you all the best in the coming weeks and look forward to celebrating with you in May.