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Commencement

Commencement Guide 2020

Dear Graduating Students and Families,

Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation that no large events be held,  and the guidance of Gov. Ned Lamont, Western Connecticut State University has taken the extraordinary action — in order to protect the health and safety of the community — of postponing Commencement and all of its related festivities originally scheduled for May 15-17, 2020.

Nevertheless, we remain fully committed to celebrating Western Connecticut State University’s graduates.  Here are the steps we are taking:

  1. In lieu of gathering on May 17, our originally scheduled day of celebration, we will honor our graduates in a virtual recognition program. All students who anticipated receiving a degree will, in fact, have that accomplishment recognized via a recorded program that will be available for your viewing starting on May 17 onwards;
  2. Sponsored by the university and your Student Government Association (SGA), a special graduation package including your diploma, a diploma frame, 4 copies of the Commencement booklet, a 2020 tassel, and your senior class gift will be mailed directly to you. For students who are eligible, the package will also include your honors convocation certificate, honors cords, Senior Athlete Stoll, SGA Stoll;
  3. A collage comprised of representative photographs is being assembled and will be posted on the university’s home page at www.wcsu.edu. It will link to a Gallery of Graduates featuring the names, hometowns, majors and photos of all seniors and master’s degree candidates who have submitted their image and information. Photos also will be featured on the university’s social media. 2020 graduates who wish to participate can still submit a photo, their name, hometown and major to pr@wcsu.edu.
  4. WCSU is planning for an in-person Commencement Recognition Ceremony and related activities the weekend of September 25-27, 2020. This decision was based upon the fantastic response to our recent survey and the related-result, which was an overwhelming desire to have an in-person ceremony. The Recognition Ceremony will be at 10 a.m. on Sunday Sept. 27, 2020, in the Feldman Arena at the William A. O’Neill Athletic and Convocation Center located at 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury CT 06811. However, if demand dictates, we plan to have two identical ceremonies back-to-back. Details for all activities will be shared once we have them finalized.

We recognize that this pandemic has caused untold suffering and imposed new burdens on some of our students and families. However, we feel it is important to have the opportunity to recognize our graduates in several ways and especially in the company of their family, friends, faculty and classmates on September 27. We hope you can join us.

Please know your degrees will be conferred when you have completed all requirements to be eligible to graduate. Further, the August 2020 and December 2019 graduates also will be welcomed for the postponed event this fall. Instructions on the fall event and information about academic regalia will be posted on the Commencement page, as plans are solidified.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact John Murphy at Murphyj@wcsu.edu.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Best regards,

Dr. Missy Alexander, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Keith Betts, Vice President for Student Affairs

Ordering regalia will go live the first week in August. Details to follow.