Graduation from NEOMED represents a major accomplishment in your life and the lives of your families.

We want your commencement to be a very special and memorable experience and ensure that degree candidates and their guests have the most satisfying and smooth commencement experience.

Prepare for commencement

The deadline for ordering your regalia has passed; it was Feb. 24, 2023.

There is no additional charge to order your regalia. The cost is covered by your Graduation Student Fee.  For this year’s graduating students, you will keep your regalia (including the gown, hood, tam and tassel) and do not have to return any pieces after the ceremony. Enjoy taking lots of family photos in your regalia!

Regalia pick up

  • College of Medicine:  College of Medicine graduates must pick up their regalia in the NOOK Bookstore on these assigned dates:
    • Last name beginning with A-M:  APRIL 10-14
    • Last name beginning with N-Z:  APRIL 17-21
  • College of Pharmacy: APRIL 3
  • College of Graduate Studies:  College of Graduate Studies students can pick up their regalia in the NOOK bookstore APRIL 24-28
  • NOOK Bookstore hours of operation: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
  • Students may make arrangements to have others pick up their regalia.  Email Christine at with the name of the person picking up the regalia.

Questions about regalia? Contact Christine Kovacich at 330.325.6551 or

All invitations, announcements, thank you notes, etc. are purchased online directly through Balfour. They are available in packages or may be purchased individually.

Questions? Contact the NEOMED Bookstore at 330.325.6551 or .

Attending commencement

E.J. Thomas Hall on the University of Akron site, where NEOMED's commencement will be held.
The ceremony will be held at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall on the University of Akron campus.  The hall is at 198 Hill St. in Akron.

See E.J. Thomas Hall in Google Maps.

Traffic on Saturday, May 6:

The University of Akron will be conducting their own graduation ceremonies in the James A. Rhodes (JAR) Arena. To avoid traffic from UA guests, we recommend that you enter The University of Akron via downtown, Wolf Ledges Pkwy or Hill Street. We recommend avoiding Rt. 8/Buchtel Avenue Exit to avoid traffic from the UA graduation ceremonies.

See information about parking and accommodations for people with mobility limitations.

For graduates:

Proper graduation regalia is required for all degree candidates participating in commencement ceremonies. Tams, gowns, tassels and hoods should be ordered online, picked up in the NEOMED bookstore, and should be pressed and prepared by each graduate. Wear ALL pieces of your Regalia to commencement. No additional unapproved pieces may be added to your regalia.


Approved cords will be provided to student members of the following honor societies. No other cords should be worn.

  • College of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha
  • College of Medicine NEOMED Virtuous Healer Honor Society
  • College of Pharmacy Rho Chi
  • College of Pharmacy Phi Lambda Sigma

Graduating black students may wear a Kente stole as a sign of their successful matriculation through higher education and the transformation of their bodies into living, breathing proverbs.  Kente stoles should be procured by each graduate as they are unique to each students’ program, experience, and identity.

Questions about regalia? Review the Student Instruction Book that will be mailed to all graduates in March or contact Christine Kovacich at 330.325.6551 or

Order your regalia

For attendees:

Regarding attire, recommended dress is professional business attire.

Presentation of Hoods

The presentation of hoods will occur during the Commencement Ceremony by your college faculty selected by the graduates. This selection process is coordinated by the Colleges as part of their awards selection process. Hoods are presented to students earning the Ph.D., M.D. and Pharm.D. degrees. Hoods are worn by Masters degree graduates.

Watch the hooding video:


Professional photographers will provide photos of each student being hooded and photos of each student receiving their diploma. These photos will be shared electronically a couple of weeks after the ceremony so that graduates can download and save them at no cost.


A free MP4 download of the ceremony will be emailed to all graduates after the ceremony.


We will stream the ceremony live on our Facebook page.

An animated Walking Whale with text saying Graduate 2023

We have a variety of commencement-themed social media covers, GIFs and other doodads to help you celebrate your achievement.

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