Office of the President

Dear Campus,

Commencement is more than an event. It’s more than a celebration. The academic conferring of degrees is an honored tradition in higher education that dates back centuries.

It’s a respected and meaningful ceremony for faculty, staff, alumni, trustees — and most importantly, graduating students and their families.

When it became obvious that we could not hold our traditional commencement this spring, our Commencement Committee began looking at options — with two very important guiding principles in mind.

  1. Completing a degree is a major milestone that deserves immediate recognition.
  2. Completing a degree is cause for celebration with friends, faculty, and family.

We plan to stay true to both principles for our Spring 2020 graduates and families:

We will hold a Virtual Spring Commencement on May 9 on the completion of the semester.

We are inviting graduating students to send us photos and information that we will include in an online ceremony. Details and links will be shared over the next few weeks.

We are also inviting all Spring 20 graduates to participate in Fall Commencement in-person on December 12, 2020.

We are inviting our spring graduates to join us in the fall to participate in Commencement, celebrate in-person with their friends and faculty, and commemorate their day on campus. Details will be shared over the coming weeks and months.

These are extraordinary times and our students who are graduating this spring are part of an extraordinary class. Please join me in celebrating their accomplishments.


Jeff Bauer
SSU President

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