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Spring 2019 Finals Move Out

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Good day parents and families! The message below contains information related to end of Spring Semester, Move-Out and Spring Commencement. If you have any questions, please let us know! As a reminder Buck-i-Brief messages are used for any non-regular communications sent to families. Any reminders you can provide to your students regarding this information is welcomed. Thanks and good luck to students on finals!


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Spring 2019 Finals Information

Finals for the 2019 Spring semester begin Wednesday, April 24 on the Ohio State campus. This can be a busy time for students, so the university has various resources and support available in order to make finals week as stress-free as possible. Below you will find information on Finals Week and Summer Break. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Parent and Family Relations at

Exam Information

If students are unsure about the time of a final, a complete finals' schedule can be found on-line. As professors have some flexibility to change a final’s time, students should always confirm the time of their final with their professor to ensure they arrive at the right location and at the right time.


Studying is essential for students to do well on their finals. Ohio State has many libraries on campus where students can find quiet study time. Many of our libraries have extended study hours available during finals' week and are even open 24 hours, such as the 18th Avenue Library.

Click here for a complete list of Ohio State libraries and library hours. Click here for information on the Younkin Success Center.

Stress Management

As Finals Week can be a very stressful time for students, many resources are available to help students manage stress. Students can find valuable advice from the Student Life Student Wellness Center as well as Student Life Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS). CCS also offers many services to assist students with stress or crisis situations.


Summer Break & Move-Out Information

As your student prepares for finals and to depart at the end of spring semester, we would like to remind you that the residence halls officially close promptly at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Exceptions include graduating seniors, their siblings, members of the Marching Band, Office Assistants and students involved with Commencement. These students must contact the Student Life Housing Services office at 614-292-8266 to request late departure. Residents must contact Student Life Housing Services if they will not be able to check out by 2 p.m. on May 1. Residents will be contacted if their request is granted; merely contacting Housing does not guarantee that a student will be allowed to stay late.

Some important dates to keep in mind for the Move-out process are:

April 22 – Last day of regularly scheduled semester and second-session classes.
April 23 – Reading Day
April 24 - April 30 – Final examinations
May 1 – Residence halls close at 2 p.m., dining services end
May 5 – Spring Commencement

Here are some additional items you need to know for Move-Out:

What to do with your student’s stuff?

  • Pack it and take it with you
  • Store it for the summer and have it delivered to your residence hall or apartment when you return.
  • Donate it and help support Goodwill Columbus, Buckeye Food Alliance and Students for Recycling.

Picking up your student from a residence hall

  • All traffic and parking regulations will be in place. Please follow the directions of police officers.
  • Have your student pack their belongings.
  • Park in a designed pre-loading location, free on 4/30/2019 only.
  • Sign out a cart at the front desk and load it.
  • The front desk will give you a 15-minute loading zone pass to move your vehicle near the building.
  • Take the cart outside and load the vehicle.
  • Have your student check out with their Resident Advisor or another Residence Life staff member.
  • Return the cart to the front desk and have a great summer.

For maps and more detailed information please visit

For a complete list of on-campus dining hours during finals, click here.

We wish you and your student a safe and restful summer!


Reading Day

Buckeyes are invited to rest, refuel and prepare for finals on Reading Day, April 23! This is a day with no classes so students can get prepared for Finals. Fitness classes, snack breaks, movies, open study spaces and more are happening around campus. Students can find the complete schedule of Reading Day events and activities on-line by clicking here.

We wish everyone the best of luck on Finals!


Looking for Summer Storage Options?

Parents: are you wondering what to do about everything in your student's Residence Hall room over the summer vacation? Let Zippy Shell help you save dollars and make things easy for you!

For the 4th consecutive year Zippy Shell’s ZippyU storage program will be at Ohio State to make move out easy! Whether your student lives on or off campus, ZippyU supports storage for the whole summer with one easy payment. Zippy Shell Greater Columbus has been awarded The Dispatch’s “CBUS TopPick Moving & Storage Company" for 2017 and 2018, while ZippyU adoption continues to grow every year!

Click here to learn more.



Transportation to Airport

If your student will need transportation to the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the Central Ohio Transit Authority, or COTA, offers a special Ohio State campus shuttle to and from John Glenn Airport.  The OSU-Air service runs on select dates around breaks and holidays, and picks up students from residence halls around campus and the Ohio Union, before taking an express trip to the airport terminal doors. You can click here to find the complete schedule for the OSU-Air service.

Students are also able to take the COTA 1, 2 or 4 lines downtown to catch the AirConnect, which runs between downtown and John Glenn International Airport year-round. You can click here to find the complete schedule for the AirConnect service.

Your student may also choose to utilize taxi services to and from the airport. The approximate fare one way from the Ohio State Columbus Campus is $25-35, but some variations may occur due to wait time, traffic, etc. Numbers of a few area taxi services are (please note that Ohio State does not vet or endorse any particular cab company or ride sharing service):

• Acme Taxi: (614) 777-7777

• Blue Cab: (614) 236-4444

• Yellow Cab: (614) 444-4444

• Columbus is also a city that is serviced by Uber and Lyft


Spring Commencement Information

Is your student graduating this May? Spring Commencement will take place at 12 p.m. on May 5, 2019 at Ohio Stadium.  Doors open at 10 a.m.

No tickets are required to attend the ceremony and there is no limit to the number of family, friends and guests that can attend. However, please note that seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information about Spring Commencement, please visit

This year, Commencement Week. a week of events celebrating our graduates, is Sunday, April 28 - Saturday, May 4. Please check out the calendar of event on-line for a complete listing of activities offered for Commencement Week.

All graduating students, their families and guests are invited to the Spring Commencement Candlelight Ceremony which will be held on Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 p.m. on the Oval near Thompson Library. President Dr. Michael V. Drake and Senior Vice President for Student Life Dr. Javaune Adams-Gaston will offer remarks.

We hope to see you there and congratulations on your student's graduation!


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