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Commencement 2020 Postponed

Campus Community,

In alignment with a decision made collectively by members of the Utah System of Higher Education, and with clear guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention discouraging travel and large gatherings, the University of Utah will be postponing all commencement ceremonies scheduled for the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes all graduation events, college convocations, and campus-wide commencement. This has been a unique and trying semester for all of us, and this decision was made with the health and well-being of all members of our campus community and their loved ones in mind.

We are working to determine when and how rescheduled events will take place and will provide more information as soon as possible. We know this news leads to many associated questions, and we will post answers as they become available on @theU. Please send questions to We know this is disappointing for everyone, especially for you, our 2020 graduates, and your loved ones. While the ceremony that culminates graduates’ hard work and dedication will be different this year, we want you to know that your accomplishments are no less impressive.

Our campus members are strong, adaptable, and dedicated to each other and to caring for their communities. We take comfort knowing that in these uncertain times, you, our graduates, are leading us into the future. We appreciate your understanding and commitment to join together as a U community and as a nation to support our collective efforts to protect those most vulnerable to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions

University leaders are committed to recognizing and celebrating the dedication, hard work and success of the Class of 2020. While we have no intention of cancelling the general commencement ceremony, a future event may not be in the traditional format students and their loved ones anticipated.

We continue to closely monitor guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If, in the coming weeks, travel and large gatherings remain limited or prohibited, we are considering an alternative format that would allow for an interactive, digital commencement ceremony.

We know many of our students have been looking forward to being individually recognized at their college or school’s convocation. Each college or school is currently considering how to move forward with their respective convocation. Find out where your department is in the planning process by visiting you college's convocation website.

No matter what happens with commencement and convocation ceremonies, we encourage graduates to commemorate their tremendous achievement. If you have already ordered a cap and gown or other keepsake such a diploma frame or class ring, the Campus Store will make sure you receive it. They are providing options to ship orders that were originally scheduled for in-store pick-up.  

If you would still like to order regalia as a memorable token of your accomplishment, you may have items shipped directly to you when you place your order with the Campus Store.

If you would like to cancel an order, the Campus Store can help with that, too.

There will be no change in the way students receive their diplomas. Official diplomas will be mailed to you at the address on file with the Registrar’s Office. We encourage you to confirm we have the correct mailing address in Campus Information Services (CIS).

Diploma covers will be mailed to you along with your diploma.


Last Updated: 3/24/20