ZSC Commencement

Information For Graduates

Before Graduation

If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, please follow these instructions. And remember, from May 7-13, the Muskingum County Courthouse will be blue for photo opportunities with your regalia and family and friends.

Review Your Petition Email Confirmation

Once you complete the online petition for graduation, you will receive an email letting you know whether it was successfully submitted. Be sure to review and save the email confirmation. Reply if there are any errors.

Update Your Contact Information

A current address is required for the mailing of your official diploma and alumni mailings. Update your information by contacting the Registrar’s Office at registrar@zanestate.edu.

Digital Tickets

On April 24, 2023, at 9 a.m., graduates will receive an email from Heather Rognon (hrognon@zanestate.edu). Each graduate is authorized to select up to six seats. The window to reserve seats will close at noon on May 9, 2023. Reminder, this is a first-come, first-served process. Seats will fill up fast. Note there is accessibility seating available. Please reserve seats for those who require assistance in a wheelchair.

Ticketing will close at noon on May 9, 2023. On May 10, 2023, ticketing will reopen for those who requested extra tickets. To request additional tickets, please complete this form (please note there is no guarantee that additional tickets requested will be fulfilled).

Guests will be required to present a ticket on their cell phone or a printed copy. Graduate candidates are not required to present a ticket to be admitted and participate in Commencement. Children who are three years old or younger who are seated on a lap are not required to have a ticket.

Purchase a Cap and Gown

Commencement regalia will be available for purchase now at The Campus Bookstore or at the online shop. Available regalia includes caps, gowns, and tassels. Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) regalia will be available for purchase, as well.

All participants must wear a black cap and gown. Your tassel color will reflect your program. Caps, gowns, and tassels are available for $37.85. Gold honor cords (for those who are eligible) are $14.92. These prices do not include tax.

Campus Bookstore
8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Confirm Your Name

Make sure your name is spelled correctly before we print the commencement program and your diploma. An email will be sent to your ZSC email account with the Graduate Candidate List. View and proofread your name, program, and graduating term. If corrections are needed, reply to the email by April 28.

Resolve Outstanding Obligations

Diplomas and transcripts will not be released to you until all account holds are resolved. This includes debts to the college, library fines, and incomplete financial aid exit counseling.

  • Resolve financial holds with the Business Office. Email businessoffice@zanestate.edu if you have any questions or need assistance.
  • Complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling at studentaid.gov. This is required by law for students with a Federal Stafford loan and your official transcript will be held until you complete this process. Email financialaid@zanestate.edu if you have questions or need assistance.

Enjoy the Rehearsal and Grad Picnic. You won’t want to miss this!

May 10, 2023
We are hosting a picnic for graduates and employees. Rehearsal will take place at 3:30 p.m., prior to the picnic. For more information, click here

Day of Commencement


May 11, 2023
Line-up: 5 p.m.
Commencement ceremony: 6 p.m.


Secrest Auditorium
334 Shinnick St.
Zanesville, OH 43701

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Commencement at Secrest Auditorium. For family and friends unable to attend, tune back in to this page for a Facebook Live Stream.

The construction on I-70 is ongoing. You can stay up-to-date on the I-70 construction and ramp closures here.

Arrival Time and Line-up

You should arrive at Secrest Auditorium at 5 p.m. and proceed directly to the check-in area at the Shinnick Street door. Here you will pick up your reader card. When it’s time to line up, graduates will be divided into three groups:

  • Division of Business, Engineering, and Information Technology
  • Division of Health and Public Service
  • Division of Arts and Sciences

Look for signage for where you need to stand. We will have assistants on site for any questions. If you are getting two or more degrees, choose which division you prefer. You will be able to sit with your friends and you will shake hands with a division dean when you walk across the stage.


After Graduation

Commencement Photography

GradImages® is proud to support one of the biggest moments in a graduate’s life: walking across the stage and into the next chapter. With over 40 years of experience, we understand the importance of this moment and the desire to preserve these memories for a lifetime. Finding graduate photos after the ceremony is easy. Visit www.GradImages.com to view and purchase custom photo products like prints, plaques, specialty gifts, and more. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your photos, please contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 261-2576, online at www.gradimages.com, or email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net

Receiving Your Diploma

Your graduation requirements will be reviewed and verified by the Registrar at the end of the semester when all grades have been finalized. Diplomas and certificates will be mailed to graduates with no account hold approximately six to eight weeks after the end of the graduation term to the address on file. Multiple attempts to mail diplomas will not be made; diplomas returned by the post office will need to be picked up in person at the Registrar’s Office.

Note: Students are not official graduates until the successful completion of the graduating term. An official transcript from the College is the official testimony of a conferred degree.

Completing the Grad Survey

The Final Destination Survey asks about your future plans. This information is used to evaluate the career readiness policies and procedures at ZSC. All participants are eligible to win an Apple iPad! Take the survey here.

Grad Survey

Resources for Graduates

Alumni Association

As an alumni you will have the opportunity to stay connected with your Alma Mater. Stop by the Alumni Association tent at the Grad Picnic and Commencement.

Career Services

The Career Services team will assist with resume writing and career search assistance, even after graduation. Career Services will have a presence at the Grad Picnic that takes place the day before Commencement. To get in touch, email careerservices@zanestate.edu.

Career Fair

Hosted by Ohio Means Jobs on May 3, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Muskingum County Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact Kim Baldwin at kbaldwin@zanestate.edu.

Commencement Photos

A professional photographer not affiliated with the college will take photos of students as they walk across the stage. GradImages, Inc. will then contact you with package purchase options a week or two after the ceremony. Order information to come!

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