Commencement Information

celebrating your wonderful academic accomplishments

Union Institute & University hosts commencement ceremonies throughout the year, including regional ceremonies in California, Florida, and Ohio, to celebrate your accomplishments. Explore below to learn more about commencement at your location and to order announcements, regalia, and class rings.

A variety of class rings are available for men and women through Herff Jones.

California Commencement: Each graduate is allowed 5 guests who can attend the ceremony free of charge.

Florida Commencement: Each graduate is allowed 7 guests who can attend the ceremony free of charge.

National Commencement: Each graduate is allowed 6 guests who can attend the ceremony and reception free of charge.
Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Reservations: 513-421-9100 | 800-774-1500

A special rate of $140 per single or double-bedded rooms are available for graduates and their families by using the special code UNI. Custom reservation link:  https://resweb.passkey.com/go/UNIOct17. This rate is in effect until October 4, 2017. Guest rooms requested on dates other than will be provided on a space and rate-available basis. When making your reservation, please identify yourself as a Union Institute & University commencement attendee. Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation at the time of the reservation. Preferred rates can be confirmed by calling 1-800-HILTONS or 1-800-445-8667.

You are eligible to participate in Union’s Commencement Ceremony if you have already officially graduated and received your diploma, but have not participated in a past commencement or you are officially registered in the final term/session to complete your academic degree requirements by the end of the summer term/session I or II. Please note that commencement is a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements, not certification of graduation. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma and transcript. Your financial obligation can only be processed through the Business Office located at our Headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. Contact Miles Scott, Student Accounts Financial Advisor, at 800-861-6400 x1291 or miles.scott@myunion.edu.

A professional photographer will be present at the ceremony to take photos of you and your family prior to and after the ceremony. The photographer will also take a photo of you with the president as you cross the stage and receive your certificate. Proofs will be sent to you at no charge and under no obligation. If you choose to purchase photos, you will work directly with the photographer.

Undergraduate Regalia for Purchase

The bachelor gown traditionally has pointed sleeves that highlight this style. While keeping its notable appearance, the bachelor gown features full front pleats, balanced fluting and an easily accessible center-mounted zipper closure. This keeper gown comes with the customary mortarboard cap with black rayon tassel and year signet.

Add that special touch with a stole of gratitude — UI&U’s forest green with gold seal. The stole is ordered separately for an additional cost of $25. You will receive information on how to purchase your regalia once you have been approved to participate in commencement.

To purchase custom regalia, email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Custom Master’s Regalia for Purchase

This design, by tradition, is identified by unique and oblong-shaped sleeves with wrist openings. The gown, VISA® gabardine, requires little or no ironing and releases stains easily. The yoke is outlined in bright gold braid, completed at the center back with a braided black cord and button. The balanced fluting provides ample body fullness over the shoulders and across the back. The hood is black, also VISA® gabardine, with a green satin border edge. Union’s school colors (dark green and gold) are represented in satin and degree color is velvet-trimmed in bright gold braid.

There are two choices of cap: the standard black mortarboard cap with standard black tassel, or the black velvet tam (four sided) with button and a standard black tassel. To purchase custom regalia, email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Doctoral Regalia for Rent

The rental doctoral gown is black with black velvet down the front panels and on the sleeve bars (chevrons). The rental doctoral hood has blue velvet for the Ph.D. degree, along with Union’s colors of green and gold. This model does not have a hood attached – the hood drapes down the graduate’s back. The hat is a mortarboard with a gold tassel. Remember, you can rent the gown and purchase a custom Union Institute & University hood and/or velvet tam.

Custom Doctoral Regalia for Purchase

nion’s doctoral gown is a ‘Marshal’ style gown in black gabardine with bell-type outer sleeves. The shoulder area in the back of the gown features a “V” at the center and includes a deluxe cord and button. The gown offers wide velvet panels, featuring the official Union Institute & University seal embroidered in gold on the front royal blue Ph.D. panels. Three chevrons on each sleeve are blue, piped in gold.

The hood is black gabardine with a green satin border edge. Union’s school colors (dark green and gold) are represented in satin and the Ph.D. is represented by blue velvet. The hood has a green satin border. The accompanying tam is either a 6-sided or 8-sided black velvet tam with a gold silk tassel. The main difference between the purchased and rental regalia is the color of the velvet chevrons on the sleeves, the velvet panels down the front, and the tam, which are distinct from the rented mortarboard.

The approximate cost of the Doctoral Regalia is $1000. This does not include taxes, shipping, or additional purchases such as garment bags, special hangers, etc. Please note: Dean’s approval for graduation is needed before rental or custom regalia may be arranged. To purchase custom regalia, please email eventcoordinator@myunion.edu.

Requests for special accommodations for individuals with disabilities (ADA) must be submitted no less than 30 days prior to the event. However, if the necessary accommodation is a reader or signer, a 60-day minimum notice is required. The request will be reviewed, verified with the requester regarding the accommodation, and then final arrangements will be made. Accommodations cannot be guaranteed if the request is made in less than the stated minimum timeframe. To arrange for accommodations, contact the Union Institute & University ADA Coordinator at adacoordinator@myunion.edu.

Commencement Locations & Details

Where
When
  • Saturday, October 28, 2017.
  • Time:11am
National Ceremony Schedule
  • 8:30 AM: Robing areas open
  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Photography available for pre-ceremony
  • 10:30 AM: Processional lineup
  • 11:00 AM: Commencement ceremony begins

For questions regarding the National commencement, please call: 513-487-1217

Where
  • Crest Theater
  • 1013 K Street, Sacramento, CA
When
  • Sunday, August 13, 2017
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
California Ceremony Schedule
  • 8:30 AM: Robing areas open
  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Photography available for pre-ceremony
  • 10:30 AM: Processional lineup
  • 11:00 AM: Commencement ceremony begins

For questions regarding the California commencement, please call: 916-692-7822

Where
  • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
  • 1881 SE 17th Street Causeway
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
When
  • Sunday, July 23, 2017
  • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Florida Ceremony Schedule
  • 8:30 AM: Robing areas open
  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM: Photography available for pre-ceremony
  • 10:30 AM: Processional lineup
  • 11:00 AM: Commencement ceremony begins

Terry Terhark

An accomplished entrepreneur, Terry Terhark continues to build on more than 30 years of experience in the recruiting industry with his latest endeavor, randrr – a career opportunities platform for the common good, based in Jacksonville, Florida and Findlay, Ohio. A recognized leader in the talent acquisition field, Mr. Terhark has founded and grown several highly successful enterprise technology brands. He leverages his industry expertise and strategic vision to build successful businesses to increase opportunity for all.

A lifelong learner, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Findlay in 2005, after starting two companies. He came to college later in life, like so many Union students. He has said, “First, don’t give up, as learning and education will always benefit you. I completely understand how daunting work, raising a family and getting a degree simultaneously can be. I have started companies in my 20s, my 40s and now in my 50s, and I have seen peoples’ careers take off later in their career. Everything you do is incremental in the value that you provide to a company or to yourself when/if you start a business.”

An accomplished entrepreneur, Terry Terhark continues to build on more than 30 years of experience in the recruiting industry with his latest endeavor, randrr – a career opportunities platform for the common good, based in Jacksonville, Florida and Findlay, Ohio. A recognized leader in the talent acquisition field, Mr. Terhark has founded and grown several highly successful enterprise technology brands. He leverages his industry expertise and strategic vision to build successful businesses to increase opportunity for all.

A believer in the common good because what benefits the most people is best for everyone, Mr. Terhark’s new company, randrr, provides fully paid benefits and unlimited paid time off, along with a culture that will be among the most desirable in the industry. As Mr. Terhark has said, “I’ve helped shape the HR industry into what it is today and can tell you that it has been almost entirely one-sided to favor the company. What started as my vision to disrupt that trend and refocus on the people has quickly become our company-wide mission”

Before founding randrr, Mr. Terhark was president of ADP Talent Acquisition Solutions, Selective Staffing Inc, and The RightThing. He has worked with numerous clients including: Merck, GE, Waste Management, Qwest, Abbott Laboratories, GE, Alcoa, Whirlpool and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Terhark has authored many articles, including “Best Practices in Staffing and Recruiting, Staffing Process Re-Design” and “The Transformation of Staffing, and Trends in HR Outsourcing.” In 2010, he was honored by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year and was named an “HRO Superstar” by HRO Today magazine for four consecutive years.

In honor of his commitment to lifelong learning and his commitment to work for the common good that mirrors our mission, Union Institute & University is pleased to welcome Mr. Terry Terhark to our ceremony today as the 2017 Florida Commencement speaker.

An accomplished entrepreneur, Terry Terhark continues to build on more than 30 years of experience in the recruiting industry with his latest endeavor, randrr – a career opportunities platform for the common good, based in Jacksonville, Florida and Findlay, Ohio. A recognized leader in the talent acquisition field, Mr. Terhark has founded and grown several highly successful enterprise technology brands. He leverages his industry expertise and strategic vision to build successful businesses to increase opportunity for all.

A lifelong learner, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Findlay in 2005, after starting two companies. He came to college later in life, like so many Union students. He has said, “First, don’t give up, as learning and education will always benefit you. I completely understand how daunting work, raising a family and getting a degree simultaneously can be. I have started companies in my 20s, my 40s and now in my 50s, and I have seen peoples’ careers take off later in their career. Everything you do is incremental in the value that you provide to a company or to yourself when/if you start a business.”

An accomplished entrepreneur, Terry Terhark continues to build on more than 30 years of experience in the recruiting industry with his latest endeavor, randrr – a career opportunities platform for the common good, based in Jacksonville, Florida and Findlay, Ohio. A recognized leader in the talent acquisition field, Mr. Terhark has founded and grown several highly successful enterprise technology brands. He leverages his industry expertise and strategic vision to build successful businesses to increase opportunity for all.

A believer in the common good because what benefits the most people is best for everyone, Mr. Terhark’s new company, randrr, provides fully paid benefits and unlimited paid time off, along with a culture that will be among the most desirable in the industry. As Mr. Terhark has said, “I’ve helped shape the HR industry into what it is today and can tell you that it has been almost entirely one-sided to favor the company. What started as my vision to disrupt that trend and refocus on the people has quickly become our company-wide mission”

Before founding randrr, Mr. Terhark was president of ADP Talent Acquisition Solutions, Selective Staffing Inc, and The RightThing. He has worked with numerous clients including: Merck, GE, Waste Management, Qwest, Abbott Laboratories, GE, Alcoa, Whirlpool and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Mr. Terhark has authored many articles, including “Best Practices in Staffing and Recruiting, Staffing Process Re-Design” and “The Transformation of Staffing, and Trends in HR Outsourcing.” In 2010, he was honored by Ernst and Young as Entrepreneur of the Year and was named an “HRO Superstar” by HRO Today magazine for four consecutive years.

In honor of his commitment to lifelong learning and his commitment to work for the common good that mirrors our mission, Union Institute & University is pleased to welcome Mr. Terry Terhark to our ceremony today as the 2017 Florida Commencement speaker.

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