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Utah State University 133rd Commencement

Due to the cancelation 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 to this website when available. Please email commencement2020@usu.edu with any questions regarding commencement.


University Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, August 29, 2020
9:00 a.m.
Dee Glen Smith Spectrum
800 East 1000 North

Commencement Speaker: Julie Ann Robinson

Honorary Degrees:

  • Julie Ann Robinson
  • Linda S. Daines
  • Karen W. Morse

Graduate Hooding

Candidates for master’s and doctoral degrees will be hooded in their respective college’s commencement ceremony or at a separate college hooding ceremony. See the Commencement Schedule for separate graduate hooding ceremonies.

For more details about the schedule, please see the Commencement Schedule.

Statewide Campus Celebrations

Please see the Commencement Schedule for dates and contact information.

General Information for All Students

Virtual Support Groups for Graduating Seniors

USU Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) has virtual support groups available to offer a place for you to be with other graduating seniors who are also experiencing feelings of loss, anxiety, and/or confusion as a result of COVID-19. In your group, you will be able to support and feel supported by others and share ideas to cope with this unprecedented challenge together. The group will be hosted by CAPS. It is, however, not a therapy group and not intended to serve as a treatment for mental health problems. (If you are in need of mental health treatment, CAPS provides telehealth therapy and case management. Please contact them at 435-797-1012).

The groups will meet via Zoom, weekly for an hour, for at least four weeks. Each group will be capped at 12 people so that there is enough space for everyone to participate. Group meeting times have not been determined yet. If you are interested in joining a group, please take our survey to let us know your availability. For questions, please email Eri Bentley at eri.bentley@usu.edu.

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 Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or Summer 2020 terms. The application process must be completed. Students can obtain and complete the Request for Application for Graduation in the Registrar's office or apply online at www.usu.edu/registrar/graduation/apply-online.cfm.
Academic dress is required.

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 https://gradschool.usu.edu/commencement/. 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 https://gradschool.usu.edu/degree-completion/ 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.

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.


Tassel Colors

Integrated Studies Bachelor's Degrees and Associate Degrees

black

Black: Integrated Studies Bachelor's Degrees and Associate Degrees

Bachelor’s Degrees

maize

Maize: College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences

brown

Brown: Caine College of the Arts

drab

Drab: Jon M. Huntsman School of Business

light blue

Light Blue: Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services

orange

Orange: College of Engineering

white

White: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

russet

Russet: S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources

yellow gold

Yellow-Gold: College of Science

School of Graduate Studies

black

Black: School of Graduate Studies

Commencement Activities

The University Commencement Ceremony is Saturday morning, August 29, in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. Undergraduate and graduate students assemble on the University Quad with their colleges no later than 8:00 a.m. The procession will begin at 8:30 a.m. The ceremony begins at 9:00 a.m. Degrees will be conferred on candidates for the associate, bachelor's, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Tassels on caps should be worn on the left side.


Diplomas

Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application 6-8 weeks following the completion of all degree requirements. Your name will appear on the diploma and in the commencement program exactly as it appears on your application. Please check your graduation application to ensure your name is complete and spelled correctly. To make changes to your name on the diploma or to the mailing address after you have submitted your application, contact the Registrar’s Office prior to the application deadline. The deadline to make name changes for the commencement program is February 28th.

Guest Seating

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis for all ceremonies. Doors to the Spectrum will be open to the public for Commencement Ceremonies at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, August 29. Doors to the Daines Concert Hall and the Morgan Theatre will be open to the public 30 minutes prior to each ceremony.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

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

College Representatives

For more information contact the following representatives: