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Commencement

Spring 2021 Commencement

We are pleased to announce that in-person commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, 2021, at Bobcat Stadium. For a detailed schedule, please visit the Schedule Page.

Holding outdoor commencement ceremonies presents challenges in terms of inclement weather.  In the event that inclement weather should be forecasted for Thursday and Friday, May 13 and 14, 2021, certain ceremonies could be postponed.  A “make-up” day, should one be needed, is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Decisions about schedule changes due to inclement weather will be made within a 24-hour timeframe prior to the event start time.  Announcements will be made on the commencement website and email communication will be sent to the campus community.  Candidates will receive an email with their new ceremony assignment and other relevant information.  Guest tickets will remain valid for the new date and time.

On account of the potential for commencement schedule changes within 24 hours of the scheduled event start time, it is important for candidates and guests to ensure that travel plans are flexible and take into account the “make-up” day.

We look forward to celebrating with our candidates and their guests this May!

 

Further details, such as ticketing and the number of guests allowed per graduate, will be available on this website soon.

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The Difference Between Participating in Commencement and Graduating

It is important that candidates and families understand the difference between "participating in commencement [walking across the stage]" and "graduating [receiving a diploma]".

Please visit the Candidate Instructions page for details.


Your Name at Commencement

While applying for graduation, you may have noticed that your name needs to be updated in the University database. For example, adding your full middle name instead of just a middle initial.

In order to change your name with the University, you must submit a Personal Information Update Request with the Registrar's Office.

This name change will affect your diploma, the commencement program, your name Reader Card, and all other university documents.


For information regarding the graduation application, visit the Candidate Instructions page.

For diploma information, visit the Candidate Instructions page and the Office of University Registrar's website.