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2020 Graduate Student Commencement

Due to the cancellation of all university events through May 1, Utah State University has canceled its 133rd commencement ceremony in Logan and all graduation events at its statewide campuses this spring. If public health circumstances allow, the university plans to conduct graduation celebrations and ceremonies in Logan on Aug. 28-29. There will also be graduation events at our Statewide campuses. Details will be added here and to the USU Commencement website when available. Please email commencement2020@usu.edu with any questions regarding commencement.

To participate in commencement, graduate students must meet eligibility requirements as outlined below. If you have questions about eligibility, please email gradcommencement@usu.edu. Please include your A-number.

Grad Fair 2020 – March 17th and 28th, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USU Campus Store on the Logan Main Campus. Online orders available. Campus Store questions: 1-800-662-3950 or 435-797-3950.

Academic Regalia

Participants should wear authorized caps and gowns. The Campus Store has joined with outside vendors and campus organizations to get everything students need for a successful graduation. This is the place for students to purchase caps and gowns; order announcements, class rings and grad packs; and buy a diploma frame. To purchase any of these items, students should visit the online Campus Store for either pickup or shipping. All new and existing orders will be placed on hold until August 1, 2020. If public health circumstances permit commencement to take place, orders will be processed after August 1. Orders will not be charged until processed. For further information, contact the USU Campus Store at 1-800-662-3950 or 435-797-3950. Candidates for degrees wear the black mortarboard with a tassel that is a color distinctive of the degree being received.

Students should wear the prescribed academic costume that corresponds to their degree. Each part of the regalia has a traditional meaning specific to each major, college, Utah State University, and higher education. Candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees will carry the hood over the left arm prior to their college convocation on Saturday, August 29.

Stoles and Cultural Heritage Adornments

Objects of cultural significance are also welcome as approved regalia for ceremonies. Students may choose to wear stoles offered by professional organizations or academic societies in their field-of-study. Students should contact these organizations directly to inquire about the availability and ordering of professional stoles.

Commencement Eligibility

Participation and Name in Printed Program

  • Successfully defend by March 20, 2020 (printed program deadline)
    • Record of Examination is filled out and returned to the Graduate School

Participation Only (name not in printed program)

  • Successfully defend by April 29, 2020 (last day of classes in Spring 2020)
    • Record of Examination is filled out and returned to the Graduate School

Early Commencement requests can be made if a doctoral, master’s plan A, or B student is scheduling their final defense outside of these dates. The student’s major professor and department head will approve the Early Commencement request.

Participation and Name in Printed Program

  • Student information is reported on the department’s Spring or Summer 2020 Completion List by March 20, 2020 (printed program deadline)

Participation Only

  • Student information is reported on the department’s Spring or Summer 2019 Completion List by April 29, 2020 (last day of classes in Spring 2020)

Early Commencement requests can be made if a professional/plan C student is completing their degree in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. The student’s major professor or advisor and department head will approve the Early Commencement request.

Please note: Eligibility/participation in Commencement does not mean a student’s graduate degree has been earned. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure all degree requirements have been met and procedures completed for their degree to be awarded.

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