Utah State University 134th Commencement

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Connect With Us Remotely
No matter where you go, we really aren’t that far away. Contact our office remotely before the start of Spring 2021 at (435) 797-2444 or commencement@usu.edu. We are available Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm MST.

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This website reflects the current plans for the 2020-21 Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies. Utah State University is committed to the health and safety of students and guests. USU will assess the public health situation and make adjustments as necessary to the Commencement and Graduation Ceremonies. Any changes will be announced by early March 2021. Please check this website or email commencement@usu.edu for updates.

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Full Schedule Details
For full details about the schedule, please see the Logan Campus Graduation Schedule or the Statewide Campuses Graduation Schedule.

Candidates for Bachelor's/Associate Degrees

To participate in commencement, a student must file an Application for Graduation with the Registrar's office (TSC 246) one semester prior to the semester of the intended graduation date, and be a graduate (or anticipated graduate) of Summer 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021 terms. Summer 2021 graduates are part of the class of 2021-22, but may be permitted to participate in the 2020-21 commencement upon approval of their college. The application process must be completed. Students can obtain and complete the Graduation Application online at the Registrar's office website.

Candidates for Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees should already have completed all paperwork for the appropriate degree. Depending on whether a student is on Plan A, B, C, or a doctoral candidate, varying processes and paperwork exist which signal program completion and qualification for commencement participation. Students should visit the Graduate School website for Commencement Deadlines. This will help identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for students to participate in commencement and have their name appear in the printed commencement program. Students should also visit the Semester Deadlines to identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for degree completion and have their degree posted to their transcript. If further clarification is required, please email gradcommencement@usu.edu.

Graduate Hooding

Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees will be hooded in their respective graduation ceremony.

Academic Regalia

Participants in the ceremony should wear authorized caps and gowns. Commencement apparel is available to buy from the USU Campus Store. Your cap and gown can be purchased at the Logan Graduation Fair or online through the USU Campus Store. See details on the schedule page. Candidates for degrees wear the black mortarboard with a tassel that is a color distinctive of the degree being received.

Please wear the prescribed academic costume that corresponds to your degree. Each part of the regalia has a traditional meaning specific to your major field, Utah State University, and higher education. Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees will carry the hood over the left arm prior to their graduation ceremony.

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.

Tassel Colors

Bachelor's Degrees

 
Maize
College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
 
Light Blue
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
 
Russet
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
 
Brown
Caine College of the Arts
 
Orange
College of Engineering
 
Yellow-Gold
College of Science
 
Drab
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
 
White
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Integrated Studies Bachelor's & Associate Degrees

 
Black
Integrated Studies Bachelor's Degrees and Associates Degrees

School of Graduate Studies

 
Black
School of Graduate Studies

Diploma Covers

Graduates who participate in their college ceremony will receive a diploma cover.  Summer and fall 2020 graduates have previously received their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas will be mailed to spring 2021 graduates approximately six weeks after the end of the semester when grades have been verified and degrees conferred. These will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation packet. All 2020-21 graduates should make sure that both their preferred address and their diploma address in Banner are correct. Students can update the address in Banner and then should inform the Registrar’s Office via email at registrar@usu.edu.

Summer Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the summer semester are part of the next graduating class (e.g. someone completing summer 2020 will be part of the class of 2020-21). They may be permitted to “walk” early in the preceding Commencement but are not included in that graduating class for official records, commendations, etc.

Fall Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the fall semester are part of the next graduating class (e.g. someone completing fall 2020 will be part of the class of 2020-21). They may be permitted to “walk” early in the preceding Commencement but are not included in that graduating class for official records, commendations, etc.

Spring Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the spring semester are part of that year’s graduating class (e.g. someone completing spring 2021 will be part of the class of 2020-21). They should plan to participate in the spring Commencement that corresponds with their graduation term.

Questions

Questions regarding your diploma should be sent to registrar@usu.edu. Questions regarding Commencement Ceremonies and Celebrations (including the graduation boxes sent to the class of 2019-20) should be sent to commencement@usu.edu.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

For information on sign language interpreting, accessible parking, and wheelchair access, contact the Disability Resource Center at (435) 797-2444.