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Winter Graduates

December 18, 2021

The Office of Student Affairs, the Senior Class, and the Graduate Council sponsor a recognition ceremony, honoring graduate and undergraduate students completing their degrees in December/January. No regalia is worn. Degree candidates will receive an email invitation from the Student Affairs Office before Thanksgiving. Students and their families are encouraged to discuss the event so students may RSVP on their family's behalf.


December 18, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Location TBD

About the Ceremony

This is a ceremony to recognize winter graduates, but it is not a graduation ceremony.  Winter graduates are invited to attend the formal graduation ceremony in May. The ceremony lasts about 45 minutes and typically includes remarks from the Graduate Council President, Senior Class President, a recent alum and the President of the university. It also includes an alumni pinning ceremony. Each winter winter degree candidate is recognized by name, at which point the degree candidate crosses a small stage to receive a "stage diploma" (actual diplomas are mailed out in January).

What to Wear

Business attire is appropriate for graduates and guests.  This is not a formal ceremony. Graduates do not wear academic regalia (caps and gowns) at this event.

Inviting Guests

Due to continuing mitigation measures related to COVID-19, guest tickets will be required. At this time, each winter graduate is limited to a maximum of two (2) guests to this event. The number is based on the anticipated number of winter graduates and the space limitation of the room. 

Official Degree Conferral

The "degree conferral" date listed in the Academic Calendar is the date when a student's official academic record will indicate that the degree has been earned. There are no formal Commencement exercises mid-year, which is why we host the Winter Graduates Reception in December and why we encourage those completing degrees mid-year to return for their formal Commencement celebration the following May.


Please contact Student Affairs or call 757-221-1236