Winter Graduation Ceremony

Virtual Commencement

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Register by October 16

A confirmation email will be sent within 30 minutes of registration.

Graduates must complete the online registration by the deadline listed above in order to participate in the ceremony. Registration requires a headshot upload for your personalized graduate slide. View photo requirements.

View other upcoming ceremonies.

What to Expect at Graduation

Virtual Graduation Fair

Wednesday, December 2, 2020
4:00 pm PT | 6:00 pm CT | 7:00 pm ET

  • Activities will include a virtual photo booth, live video chats with deans and departments, interactive graduation Shout-Out board, personalized graduate slides, and a virtual toast.
  • Registered participants will receive participation instructions via email before the event.

Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time TBD

  • Ceremony times announced after registration closes
  • Two online viewing options: traditional or 360° view
  • All registered participants will be:
    • Personally recognized at commencement
    • Listed in the commencement program booklet
    • Invited to the Graduation Fair


National Anthem Vocalist Contest

Submission Deadline: October 16, 2020
Got vocal talents? To enter the National Anthem vocalist contest, submit a video of yourself singing the National Anthem by October 16 to

View Vocalist Contest submission guidelines and rules.

Ceremony Eligibility

Students who complete their degrees on or before December 4, 2020, and who register by October 16, 2020, are eligible to participate in this ceremony.

Unable to participate in the virtual ceremony on December 5? View upcoming ceremonies.

Graduation FAQs

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information about graduation.

Graduation Ceremony Highlights

Watch the Video

For additional questions, please contact the Graduation Team.

Graduation Slide Photo Instructions

Graduates must upload a headshot photo during registration for their individual graduate slide that will be shown during the ceremony.

Tips for taking a good headshot: Use natural lighting, keep the background simple, dress how you would for a job interview (or in cap and gown), and opt for basic hair and makeup.

Photo Guidelines

  • Photo display: Photos will be shown on screen as the graduate's name and degree are announced during the ceremony.
  • Resolution: Images with low resolution can become blurry when enlarged on the ceremony screen. Graduates will be contacted for a replacement photo if the photo is not usable due to low resolution or other elements.
  • Lack of photo: Registered graduates without a suitable photo will have a "Congratulations" image shown in place of their photo.

Photo Requirements

  • Individual headshot of graduate (selfies are acceptable)
  • High-resolution digital photo (JPG) in portrait mode (vertical)
  • Must be free of any text or graphics over the image
  • Must be in good taste and appropriate for an academic audience
  • Due to the Department of Defense guidelines, photos in military uniform will not be accepted