Commencement Weekend

College of Education and Professional Studies Ceremony

Two students with cap and gown walking into CEPS

We regret to inform you that the Spring 2020 College of Education and Professional Studies and University Commencement ceremonies have been cancelled due to restrictions on group gatherings caused by the COVID-19 virus. The leadership of the University understands that the cancellation of our May commencement ceremonies is very disappointing to our graduating students, and the decision was not made lightly. We are particularly sad for our graduates and their families. This is an important time for them, and we thoroughly enjoy being a part of their big day.

Please know that if you are a graduating student, we will do our best to find a way to recognize your achievements in the future. All options are being considered, and more information will be sent to graduating students as soon as it is available. 

It is also important to note that:

Degrees will be conferred to students who meet graduation eligibility. They will be mailed to students just as they are each fall and spring. Each graduate will also receive a printed copy of the commencement program.


Our regalia vendor, Graduate Supply House, is working with our campus bookstore to mail regalia to graduates who have purchased, or want to purchase it. They also will issue refunds to those who have ordered regalia but would prefer a refund.

Spring 2020 Commencement and Graduation FAQs

▼   I ordered announcements that have the May commencement date. Can I get a refund?
Please contact the Herff Jones customer service center at 1-800-837-4235.
▼   How will I receive my diploma?
Spring 2020 graduates will have an opportunity to participate in a future commencement. More detailed information will be published at a later date.
▼   Will my graduation application fee be refunded?

The graduation application fee is not related to commencement. This fee is assessed for the official evaluation of the student’s completion of degree requirements.

If you will complete your degree requirements in Spring 2020, your graduation application fee will not be refunded. If you will complete your degree requirements in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020, the graduation application fee you paid for Spring 2020 will be applied to your future graduation term.

▼   I earned academic honors. How will I receive my honor cord?

For students who earn academic honors, an honor cord will be mailed with the diploma.

▼   When will I receive my copy of the commencement program?

A program will be mailed to you with your diploma. Additionally, a PDF version of the program will be available online May 7, 2020.

▼   How can I request a refund for the regalia that I ordered?

If you ordered commencement regalia and would like to cancel your order, you may request a refund on the Graduate Supply House website.

▼   I want to receive the regalia that I ordered. How can I ensure that happens?

The vendor will ship regalia orders to the USA Bookstore. The bookstore will then ship the regalia to the address you provided on the order form. If you need to update your shipping address, please visit the Graduate Supply House website.

▼   Can I come to campus to pick up my regalia?

Campus access is limited to essential personnel until further notice. All academic and non-academic buildings are closed. Therefore, we are unable to offer regalia pick up at this time. If you have not done so already, please provide your shipping address by visiting the Graduate Supply House website.

▼   How will I receive the stole for my honor society, student organization, etc.?

Stoles are distributed by the honor society, student organization, etc. Please contact the organization that you are a member of for distribution details.