Otterbein University is celebrating its 172 Commencement on April 28, 2019. The speaker for this year is Chairman, President and CEO of American Electrical Power (AEP) Nicholas Akins. As the ceremony draws near, graduating students are wrapping up their last year at Otterbein.  

“It’s crazy how fast the last four years have gone by. I’m both scared and excited,” said public relations and journalism and media communicaton double major Haylie Schmoll. “I look forward to walking across the stage and celebrating all the little moments that got me here.” 

“I’m nervous about finding a career that I will enjoy that is within my field of study,” said Alana King-Mendenhall. “But I’m excited to graduate and explore all the possibilities.”  

The Otterbein community can celebrate graduating students through Commencement weekend events:


Senior Celebration 

There will be a celebration for graduating students on Wednesday, April 24 immediately following graduation rehearsal on the Campus Center patio.

Noble Transitions 


The Office of Social Justice and Activism (OSJA) is hosting a multicultural pre-graduation ceremony, Noble Transitions, to celebrate graduating students of color, international, and first-generation students. This event will be held Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in Riley Auditorium.  

Baccalaureate Service 

The Baccalaureate Service will be held on Sunday, April 28 at 9 a.m. in Cowan Hall. Students, staff and faculty will share their experiences at Otterbein over the past four years. All graduating students are welcome and tickets are not required for this event. 

Commencement Brunch 

The Otterbein community will hold a commencement brunch on April 28 at 10 a.m. at the Campus Center. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased here

Party at the Grove! 

Also on April 28, graduates and their guests are welcome to continue the celebration following Commencement on Grove Street in front the Campus Center from 2 to 4 p.m. 

T&C Media wishes a congratulations to Otterbein's class of 2019!