The commencement ceremony celebrates the culmination of years of hard work and provides graduates and their supporters an opportunity to reflect on the challenges and successes of their university experience.

2020 Spring Commencement Options

“CMU is committed to upholding this momentous event because commencement is one of the most honored traditions of the university. Commencement symbolizes a major milestone for those who participate and is a moment of celebration for the family and friends who observe.” — President Tim Foster.

Virtual Ceremony

May 16, 2020

Video ceremony including student recognition.

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In-Person Ceremony

Tentative: August 1, 2020

Traditional ceremony with cap and gown.

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Seniors who petitioned to graduate by the March 1 deadline received an email on March 25 with a link to register to attend the ceremony of their preference. We had requested completion of the survey by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Families should discuss with their student if they plan on attending the virtual or in-person ceremony and adjust travel plans as necessary.

Seniors should order a cap and gown if they plan on attending the in-person ceremony in August 2020.

For students who previously ordered, Herff Jones has created a website so students may convert their existing orders to home shipping, as CMU has canceled its distribution event to comply with public health order. 

For students who still need to order, Herff Jones has reopened the regalia ordering website with the home ship option enabled through May 31. 

Herff Jones has also created a website for canceling/refunding orders for caps/gowns. Please note: the refund link is for caps and gowns only. Students will still need to contact Herff Jones customer services by calling 1-800-837-4235 to cancel orders for frames, announcements, rings, etc.

Are you a student that will be graduating this year? Make sure to check out the Registrar Graduation Information for requirements.

Students are eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony based on which semester they complete their graduation requirements.

  • Summer Term* - December Commencement
  • Fall Term - December or May Commencement
  • Spring Term - May Commencement 

It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are enrolled in the necessary courses or have a plan on file with the Registrar’s Office using the “Graduation Planning Sheet” or DegreeWorks Plan which outlines how all requirements will be met. In the four months prior to the ceremony, students must be on track to complete all requirements to remain eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony.

*Summer graduates may participate in the preceding May ceremony only if they are registered by April 15 for one or more summer courses that do not exceed six credits or an internship course that does not exceed 12 credits. The student must be able to finish the summer coursework by the end of the summer term.

After grades post at the end of each term, the Registrar's Office reviews the DegreeWorks reports for all students who submitted an Intent to Graduate. Please be patient as it takes up to six weeks to review all graduates and change the Graduation Application Status in DegreeWorks to either awarded or denied. Students may review their own DegreeWorks report to check if all requirements were met.

The CMU transcript is the official document to verify degree completion. Awarded degrees will show on the official and unofficial transcript. If you need a copy of your official transcript prior to the degree award, please be sure to check "Hold for Degree Statement."

CMU issues one diploma per degree approximately eight weeks after the degree is awarded.  Additional copies may be purchased online through the Duplicate Diploma Request


Graduates are automatically members of the Alumni Association. For more information, check out the Alumni web site.