Commencement postponed due to COVID-19, other celebrations planned
In light of recent developments, the University has postponed the 2020 Commencement. While we hoped to celebrate with you in December of 2020, due to current predictions we are following recommendations to reschedule the event. Those graduating in 2020 may participate in commencement in May of 2021, which will celebrate those graduating from summer of 2019 to spring of 2021. For more information visit the university graduation page.
In addition to the University of Utah's virtual celebration, the College of Health held a virtual graduation celebration for the Class of 2020. The College of Health's celebration may be viewed in the video above.
We look forward to celebrating this monumental achievement with you in person. as soon as it is safe to do so. You have worked through unprecedented times and we hope you are as proud of what you've accomplished as we are. Stay well.
2020 Commencement Update Announcement
Dear University of Utah Graduate,
When we closed down campus in March and reimagined our 2020 Commencement ceremony in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, we simultaneously made plans to celebrate your graduation with on-campus college convocations this December. At the time, these celebrations seemed optimistic, but still possible. Now, as we continue to monitor growth in Utah’s coronavirus infection and hospitalization rates, we once again must change our plans for large, in-person gatherings on campus.
Classwork is scheduled to be completed by Thanksgiving break, with courses shifting online from November 30 to December 3, and finals being conducted remotely or online December 7-11. Based on the best advice of University of Utah Health epidemiologists and Salt Lake County and Utah Department of Health experts, we have decided not to return to campus after those dates and to cancel our December convocations.
We don’t take this action lightly, but out of concern for the need to protect the health and safety of all our students, faculty and staff and their family members and friends. We recognize this is especially disappointing for members of the Class of 2020, who have yet to celebrate this life achievement in-person and as a group. We remain hopeful that both the Class of 2021 (Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) and the Class of 2020 (Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020) will be able to celebrate their graduations during 2021 Commencement events May 6-7, 2021.
Please know we share in your disappointment and frustration. Commencement is one of the happiest events that take place on a university’s campus, and we truly regret its loss. We are determined to recognize your years of study and hard work at a later date, and we expect you to hold us to that promise.
Vice President for Student Affairs