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2020 College of Arts & Letters Commencement

Spring commencement ceremonies have been postponed.

For all of you who are graduating, we recognize that these commencement ceremonies mark important milestones in your lives. Given the large scale of these events, the university has made the difficult decision to postpone graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies, originally planned for May 7-9. If it is safe to do so, commencement ceremonies will happen on campus August 7 – 8. Please know that we are eager and excited to celebrate your accomplishments and years of hard work.

While these in-person ceremonies will be delayed, please be assured that your degrees will be conferred on time in May, once final grades are received. Diplomas will be mailed this summer, in accordance to the standard university process. We will be back in touch soon with further information on commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020. 

Please keep checking for the most up-to-date information. For questions, please email so we can share your email with the appropriate person or office.


If you have a family member in need of an interpreter, please have them contact the University Events office to obtain information on seating for this ceremony. University Events can be reached at 540-568-5180 or via email at

There will be a special seating area (if desired) for those in wheelchairs with seating for one family member. The university does not provide wheelchairs. Accessible parking areas can be found at the University commencement website


A professional photographer will be at each of the ceremonies to photograph each graduate receiving his or her certificate. The photographer will contact you following graduation about purchase arrangements.

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