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Graduation Guide For Students & Families

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and after surveying the senior class, Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020 have been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, in picturesque Commencement Hollow, state and federal health and safety protocols permitting.

To honor the Class of 2020 during what would have been its on-campus Commencement ceremony, we will be airing a special pre-recorded video, which will include recognizing all members of the class, at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, on our YouTube site and on this page. This class has proved that disruption provides opportunities for excellence in learning, service, personal growth, and tenacity. They know how to Tiger Up! And they did. Join us in recognizing the Class of 2020 on Saturday. Click Here

Q & A Regarding Commencement

Can those graduating still order a cap and gown if they want to celebrate on May 16?

If students did not already order their cap and gown for the original date of May 16, they can purchase before the planned fall ceremony. The Wittenberg Bookstore will send out ordering information for the October 10, 2020 ceremony over the summer. All add-ons (announcements, stoles, and souvenir tassels) will be available for ordering over the summer, as well.

Can those graduating with honors get their honor cords ahead of the rescheduled ceremony on October 10?

Each academic department must determine honor cord recipients, and we expect to have more to share on honor cord distribution soon.

Will there be any departmental virtual events?

Each academic department can determine how it would like to recognize its respective graduates at this time. Please email the Office of the Provost to learn what virtual activities may be occurring.

When will graduates receive their diplomas?

The Office of the Registrar has communicated the following to the graduating students via a May 7 email: "Upon successful completion of this semester and all degree requirements, your diploma will be mailed to your preferred address as listed on your graduation application. We do not have an exact date as of yet when diplomas will be shipped." For more information, please email the Registrar's Office.

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October Event Details

Once we have more information on the ceremony currently slated for October 10, 2020, we will post here.

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