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Fall 2020 Virtual Commencement

Shawnee State will hold a virtual commencement celebration on Saturday, December 12 at 9 am.

Fall Commencement Program (PDF)

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The Shawnee State University Fall 2020 Commencement will be live-streamed. Visit this page on Saturday, Dec. 12, to access the link to the event.

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Real Accomplishments.
Real Celebration.

Our Fall 2020 Class includes 183 graduates who have earned 35 master degrees, 126 bachelor degrees, and 26 associate degrees. Over 40 graduates are being recognized for graduating with honors while four students are graduating with two degrees this semester.

Jeff Bauer in commencement regalia on stage

A Message from SSU President Jeff Bauer

To our graduates:

Congratulations on reaching this significant milestone! We had hoped to be able to all celebrate together this fall – and to bring back our Spring Class of 2020 — but with rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, state, and nation, we are holding a virtual celebration.

I know how disappointing this is for you and your family. Your professors, advisors, SSU friends and I share in your disappointment in not being able to celebrate in person.

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the best of plans can change — and that adaptability is the greatest of skills.

We’ve also learned to focus on the most important aspects of life. Completing your degree is an accomplishment that will change your life forever. It is cause for celebration — no matter what form that celebration takes. It is the reason we hold commencement.

So, this Saturday, we will honor you. We will celebrate your achievements. We will take pride in what you have done — and what you will do moving forward as a college graduate.

And, when this pandemic is over and we’re able to be together in person — we will share hugs, pats on the back, and fist-bumps, based on your preference, of course.

Be safe — and congratulations!

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