Commencement (Graduation) Ceremony


Commencement 2020: Saturday, Aug. 1, 3 p.m.

After much discussion, we have determined a virtual Commencement is the best way to honor and celebrate you and your success while allowing as many people as possible to safely participate.

This was not an easy decision. Commencement recognizes students and their accomplishments, but also honors families and all the others who supported and assisted along the way.

This year, you faced tremendous challenges because of the coronavirus crisis, and we are proud of you. You will move forward into this world knowing you can succeed in the most challenging situations. We all are stronger today.

While this isn’t the ceremony we expected, we will make sure this year’s Commencement is just as meaningful to you and your families.

Virtually walk at Commencement

Please pay close attention to the following deadlines to participate in the virtual ceremony.

  • Friday, July 17 - Deadline to submit a picture of you wearing your cap, tassel, stole of appreciation, and cords. Submit your photo to Include your name and student ID number in the subject line.
  • Wednesday, July 29 - Deadline to register for commencement and have your name only (not photo) included in the program and read during the ceremony.

Join GRADfest

GRADfest is a time-honored tradition where you can celebrate your accomplishments with fellow Raiders and pick up everything you need for commencement! 

Join us for our first-ever “drive-up” GRADfest celebration!

Register: GRADfest 2020
Date: Tuesday, July 7
Time: 3-7 p.m.
LocationLyon St. and Juan Olivarez Plaza

Am I eligible to participate in Commencement?

Join us for commencement if you’ve completed your degree or certificate requirements within the current academic year, or completed requirements during the summer semester.

How do I participate in Commencement?

You must submit a graduation application.

Hear from some of our students who have graduated and gone on to do great things.