Doctor of Pharmacy Hooding Ceremony

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Mershon Auditorium | 1871 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43210
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About the Ceremony
The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony is a distinct celebration recognizing the College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy Class of 2022 graduates. The ceremony will feature keynote speaker Paul W. Abramowitz, CEO of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, an awards presentation, bestowing of the doctoral hood for each graduate and recitation of the Oath of a Pharmacist.

The ceremony is expected to last from 3-5 p.m., immediately followed by a dessert reception outside the auditorium under a tent on the Mershon Plaza. Please note that graduates do not receive their diploma at Hooding; that occurs at the university’s Spring Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 8 at noon. Details about University Commencement can be located at

Self-parking is available at the Ohio Union South Parking Garage at 1759 N. High Street, about a 5-minute walk to Mershon Auditorium. The garage is $10 pre-pay upon entry via card – no cash will be accepted.

The small, metered parking area on the High Street side of Mershon may be used as a drop-off and pick-up point for attendees with limited mobility. A small number of designated accessible parking spaces are located in that lot. Additional accessible parking spaces are designated within the Ohio Union South Garage.

Doors to Mershon open at 2 p.m. for guest seating. Graduates report to a different location than their guests to line up for the processional. 
Guests should be in their seats by 3 p.m. for the graduate processional into the auditorium, indicating the start of the ceremony.

Graduates may bring an unlimited number of guests to the ceremony. There are no tickets or RSVPs required for guests. Certain sections of seats will be reserved for graduates and their hooders, but the rest of the auditorium is open seating on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accessibility Accommodations

Main floor wheelchair accessible seating is available for guests with mobility-based needs and their companions. Current ADA standards allow for companion seating of three people maximum. Please note that Mershon Auditorium does not have an elevator. To plan accessible seating in advance or make other accommodation requests, please contact Accessibility Manager Helyn Marshall at or call (614) 688-3890 as soon as possible.

Business professional attire is appropriate for this event. For graduates, full academic regalia (gown, hood, tam & tassel) is required to be worn.

Masks are currently optional in most indoor spaces on The Ohio State University campus, including Mershon Auditorium, though this is subject to change based on protocols and guidelines in effect at the university at the time of the event. Please note that 750-1,000 individuals are expected to attend this event.

We encourage those not able to attend the in-person event to watch via livestream through the link below, beginning on Saturday, May 7 at 3 p.m. EST:

Contact event organizer Polly Carlson at or (614) 292-3813.