Antioch College is a beautiful, historic campus, made up of 100 acres and 25 buildings.The campus opens onto a huge park of ancient trees, which leads the eye easily to the 1,000-acre Glen Helen Nature Preserve—the legacy of Hugh Taylor Birch, who donated the wooded glen to Antioch College in memory of his daughter, Helen, in 1929.
The Commencement ceremony will be outdoors (except in cases of extreme weather) at the traditional site known as Red Square, between Antioch Hall and North Hall, around “the mound.” Information about parking, lodging, accessibility, and more is provided to help you plan your visit.
Getting to Antioch College
Antioch College is located at One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387. (If your GPS unit is more than a few years old, use 795 Livermore Street).
The most convenient airport to Yellow Springs is the Dayton International Airport, which is 25 miles away. The Columbus Airport is roughly 60 miles away.
1. Take exit 52A off Interstate 70 and head south on Route 68 toward Xenia and Yellow Springs. About seven miles down the road, you will enter Yellow Springs. Route 68 then becomes Xenia Avenue, the main street through Yellow Springs.
2. Proceed through downtown Yellow Springs and turn left at Center College St.
3. Center College St. will dead end at Livermore St. and you will see the College campus. Parking is available along Livermore and in other designated areas on campus.
Click here to view the campus map.
We have negotiated airline and rental car discounts for guests attending Commencement. You may use the discount code #A7765AZ to take advantage of discounts for American Airlines flights scheduled on or between June 15, 2014 - June 24, 2015. Contact American Airlines Meeting Services Desk at 1-800-433-1790 for assistance with reservations and ticket purchase. In addition, Antioch College has partnered with Avis to provide rental cars at a discounted rate. If you wish to reserve a car, please contact Todd Alexander at 1-800-525-7537 Ext. 35003 or the Meetings and Convention Department at 1-800-525-7537. They can ensure that you maximize your rental dollars.
Where to Stay
We have partnered with many area hotels to offer discounted rates for Reunion and Commencement attendees. To book a blocked room, contact the hotel and let them know you’re with the Antioch College group. Shuttle service from select hotels to campus will be available. Check the Reunion page for updates. You may also find the Yellow Springs Lodging Solution and the Yellow Springs Lodging Directory to be of use.
Free parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in any of the Antioch College lots on Commencement day. A state-issued disability parking permit is required for parking in designated accessible spaces. Overflow parking is available at the Mills Lawn School (200 S. Walnut St.). The College will provide complimentary shuttle service from Mills Lawn School to the shuttle drop off area near the ceremony site. The shuttle will run before and after Commencement— every 15-20 minutes, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. No pickups will be made after 9:30 a.m. on Commencement day.
Sign Language Interpreters
American Sign Language interpreters will be present at the Commencement ceremony, located on the left hand side as guests face the stage. Reserved seating near the left hand side of the stage will be provided for easy visibility.
As it has been for decades, the area known as Red Square, between Antioch Hall and North Hall, is the traditional site of Antioch’s Commencement ceremony. Antiochians feel a strong tie to the crossing of “the mound” when they receive their diplomas.
PLEASE COME PREPARED TO BE OUTDOORS. Families should consider the comfort and well-being of guests who are elderly or require special resources when planning for the traditional outdoor ceremony.
Commencement will be moved indoors only in cases of extreme weather forecasts such as ongoing downpour, high tornado probability, or temperatures exceeding 95'F or below 50'F. Light sprinkles of rain and/or brisk wind are unlikely to cause the ceremony to be moved indoors.
The inclement weather call is made a few hours before Commencement begins (generally by 7:30 a.m.) to allow for all of the logistical changes that must be made. Students will be notified of the weather decision via e-mail a few hours before the Commencement ceremony.
In the unlikely case of sudden, extreme weather—unanticipated thunderstorms or high winds that spring up during the ceremony—standard security protocols will go into effect: the ceremony will be put on hold and students, faculty members, and guests will be moved to interior locations immediately surrounding the Commencement site.
If inclement weather is imminent, the ceremony will be held in the South Gym of the Wellness Center at Antioch College. Because of limited seating, only graduates, their families and guests, faculty, and special guests will be seated in South Gym. The remainder of the attendees can view a live stream of the ceremony from the Foundry Theater or the Art and Science Building.