Commencement for the Class of 2020 and 2021

Student smiles at Commencement ceremony

April 2021

Dear FSU Community,

    As promised, I’m excited to let you know about an in-person opportunity the University is planning to celebrate our graduates in the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. We are arranging a Ram Graduation Walk – a fun, in-person chance to celebrate the completion of your studies with members of your family.

    The Ram Graduation Walk will be held in the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center (DPAC) between June 2 and June 5, 2021. This optional event is being held in addition to our virtual ceremonies that are premiering as planned on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

At the Ram Graduation Walk:

  • Each participating graduate and up to four guests will be escorted into the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center.

  • Inside, the graduate’s name will be called, they will cross the stage, and move their tassel while their guests cheer them on. A professional photographer will capture the moment.

  • Students are invited to wear their cap and gown, or go casual!

  • Our beautiful campus will be available to students and families to take their own photographs outdoors, and at designated photo locations across campus

    Because we need to remain in compliance with health and safety guidelines, all graduates and guests participating in the Graduation Walk must register in advance, and only those who have registered may attend. We will have volunteers in place to make sure the event is run in accordance with all public health directives, while still making sure this is a fun and uplifting moment for the members of the Class of 2020 and Class 2021 who wish to participate.

You can sign up to participate in the Ram Graduation Walk during one of the following windows:

  • June 2, 1 to 8 p.m.

  • June 3, 1 to 8 p.m.

  • June 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To register, and for more information and safety guidelines, visit:  We are very excited about our Virtual Ceremonies and the Ram Graduation Walk to celebrate the many accomplishments of Class of 2020 and Class of 2021.

President Cevallos

Both virtual commencement ceremonies will become available for viewing online on May 23, 2021.

  • The Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony will premiere at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony will premiere at 2:00 p.m.

A link to view the ceremonies will be available on this webpage closer to the date.

It gives eligible students an opportunity to walk across a celebratory stage while having their names announced, one by one. Professional photographers from will be present to photograph each graduate as they cross the stage.  Note: The event is optional and sign-up registration will be required to participate.  Visit for more information.

Diplomas are not distributed at commencement or any other graduation event.  Participation in commencement does not confirm graduation. Graduation is not recorded until after the semester has ended, grades have been received, and the degree audit of each expected graduate reviewed to confirm requirements have been satisfied.  Diplomas are mailed about six to eight business weeks after a semester ends.

• The Oak Hall Cap & Gown website,, is open for ship-to-home orders through April 23rd.
• Regalia will also be available for purchase in the University Campus Store beginning on March 8, 2021.  There are NO shipping and handling charges if you purchase your regalia in the Campus Store. Please visit their website, for store hours.

If you are an undergraduate student please contact the Dean of Students Office at or by phone at 508-626-4596.

If you are a graduate student please contact Kim Hardy in the Office of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education at or by phone at 508-626-4558.