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JMU schedules virtual December commencement


The COVID-19 pandemic is once again necessitating a virtual commencement ceremony for the James Madison University Class of 2020, this time for students earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in December. 

The virtual ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 19 at 10 a.m. Additional information will soon be posted at

“While we would prefer to celebrate with you in person, based on the priority of health and safety of all those involved in the commencement ceremony and the governor’s current restrictions on large gatherings, we believe that this is a necessary and responsible decision,” President Jonathan R. Alger wrote in a letter to the December graduates.  

President Alger also congratulated the graduates on meeting their degree requirements, stating, “Given all that is happening around us, your perseverance toward this goal is impressive.” 

In addition to the ceremony, graduates will receive a special commencement gift. “This is our way of acknowledging your accomplishment and celebrating with you. We will also find ways to celebrate with you in the future as alumni of James Madison University,” Alger wrote. 

The university hopes to hold an in-person ceremony for all 2020 graduates should circumstances allow it. 

Information on graduation events at JMU can be found at


Media contact: Mary-Hope Vass,


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Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Last Updated: Friday, April 2, 2021

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