ZSC Commencement

Information For Graduates

Before Graduation

If you plan to participate in the commencement ceremony, please follow these instructions.

Click here for a parking map.

Apply for Graduation

You will be contacted through your Zane State College email account with the petition instructions for each term. Review your degree audit with your program advisor and complete the online Petition to Graduate by the required date. Read more at My ZSC.

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 on My ZSC. Please log in to My ZSC. In the top right log-in box select the My profile and settings link. You will find Contact Information on the left, and then a drop-down to verify the address on file. For assistance, please contact techelp@zanestate.edu.

Pick Up Tickets

Commencement ticket distribution begins at The Campus Bookstore on April 18. You can get up to five tickets for your special guests. All tickets must be picked up by April 28.

  • A photo ID is required to receive your tickets (student IDs accepted).
  • You will not be 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.

You may request additional tickets on the ticket sign out sheet, however, there is no guarantee that extra tickets will be available.

    • May 4: Grads who have requested extra tickets will be notified of any availability by text and ZSC email. Those tickets must be picked up at the bookstore by May 11 at 1 p.m.

Attend Grad Fest

The Campus Bookstore is hosting a Grad Fest on April 18 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students can stop in for tickets, purchase regalia, enter a drawing for prizes, and receive discounts on diploma frames, t-shirts, and grad tigers (no other discounts apply on select grad gifts).

At Spring Fest on April 20, grads can stop by the Grill & Chill Grad Table to have questions answered about rehearsal, the Grad Picnic, and Commencement.

Purchase a Cap and Gown

Commencement regalia will be available for purchase beginning on April 18 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 27.

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 11, 2022
We are hosting a picnic for graduates and employees. Rehearsal will take place prior to the picnic. For more information, click here

Day of Commencement


May 12, 2022
Line-up: 5 p.m.
Commencement ceremony: 6 p.m. (Note: Petition said 6:30 p.m.)


Secrest Auditorium
334 Shinnick St.
Zanesville, OH 43701

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Commencement in-person 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 Commencement

Following Commencement, graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a favored tradition: The Graduation Gauntlet. You will walk through a celebration tunnel where faculty and staff applaud and cheer. The Graduation Gauntlet, along with photo opportunities, will take place in the lobby of Secrest Auditorium immediately following the ceremony. This will conclude your special day.

Dinner for Graduates

We are developing a list of restaurants that are participating in Grad Specials following Commencement! Check back for additions:

Old Market House Inn
Graduates dining with their family of 4 or more in our dining room will receive a free meal up to $25!

Urban Comforts
Urban Comforts will offer grads and their families 15-percent off their meals following Commencement Day!

After Graduation

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. Click here for more info

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.

Register now and save 20%! By registering with GradImages, you’ll ensure that we can deliver your proofs to you in a timely manner. Complete this form to receive emails and text messages after the event.

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