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Spring 2021 Commencement

Hello Graduates!

We appreciate your patience as we are making decisions regarding commencement based on the current state of the pandemic, while also following the guidance from the Governor of Virginia and the Virginia Department of Health.  In addition, we are taking into consideration the desires and hopes of you, our graduating students and your families.

At this time, we have agreed to pursue two options:

  • Virtual college ceremonies and
  • In-person college ceremonies (if we are able)

If the virtual college ceremonies option is necessary, we will be working with Grad Images to photograph and videotape students in the Atlantic Union Bank Center in early April. At this time, you will wear your cap and gown, have your name called, walk across the stage, and have your picture taken. The video footage will then be incorporated into each virtual college ceremony which will be live-streamed on May 6, 7 or 8 based on the schedule for college ceremonies already on the www.jmu.edu/commencement website. All this will be done while following the safest COVID protocols possible and the photos will be available for purchase just as they are during live, in-person ceremonies.

If we are able to conduct in-person college ceremonies May 6-8, we will move ahead with those at the Atlantic Union Bank Center and the Convocation Center.


Some other exciting news is that you may now order graduation announcements, regalia and class rings! 

Regalia is now open for ordering!

Order your cap, gown, hood and tassel online by clicking here.

Regalia is available to ship to your location of choice (apartment, permanent residence) or available to pick up at the JMU Bookstore. If you choose to ship to the JMU Bookstore, the bookstore will contact you when it is available.

For doctoral regalia, please call Pam Ward at the JMU Bookstore at 540-568-4541.

If you are eligible for an Honors Cord, they will be available for purchase by clicking here.

To order JMU Class of 2021 rings and announcements please click here:

  Balfour – Rings and Announcements

Order your Official JMU Class Ring next week and receive it in time for Graduation!


Please continue to check your JMU Dukes email for further updates regarding commencement. In addition, please continue to check our commencement website.

Good luck with the rest of the spring semester. If you have questions, please email our University Events team at jmugrad@jmu.edu.

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