Commencement Ceremonies for Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree recipients will be held at the DCU Center Arena and Convention Center
May 21, 2020
Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations on completing your finals and wrapping up your academic requirements at FSU! As we approach your originally scheduled commencement date this Sunday, I’m reaching out with what I hope you will receive as good news. As you know, the COVID19 pandemic gave us no choice but to reschedule your commencement. While many other colleges and universities proceeded with virtual ceremonies, we remained determined to hold an in-person ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments.
Originally, we hoped we would be able to hold it at some point during the summer, but given the guidance we have received from state officials, that is no longer realistic. We were also hesitant to plan a ceremony during the winter because of the potential for a resurgence of COVID19 coinciding with the onset of the flu season.
Therefore, the University has decided to reschedule your commencement ceremony for Sunday, May 23, 2021. Your ceremony will be held that morning in the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. It will be a joint ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2020. That afternoon, a separate joint ceremony will be held for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2021. You will be able to continue to find updates on the University Commencement webpage.
All of you deserve to have your moment with your families, friends, and faculty – and with one another – to celebrate your accomplishments. We acknowledge, however, that for some of you, having the ceremony for the Class of 2020 in May 2021 is not ideal. Our hope is that it is seen as the closest situation to “normal” that we feel we can offer, by hosting at the same venue, and same time of year.
In the meantime, we hope you were able to take part in the virtual toast with President Cevallos. You will be receiving some gifts in the mail from the University in the next few days that will help you showoff your accomplishment, and definitely don’t miss the FSU Kudo Board that was set up with messages of congratulations and words of wisdom from alumni, faculty and staff! You can also show your Ram Pride virtually with these special Zoom Backgrounds you can download.
We recognize that spring 2021 is a long way away. Please know that your diplomas will still be mailed to you this summer, as would normally occur in any other year. (During commencement, ceremonial proxy diplomas are handed to students on stage – not the actual diplomas.)
It’s important to note that this planning has been done with the information available to us at this time, and will be revised if necessary to follow future government and public health guidelines.
I’d like to thank all of you for the grace and resilience you have demonstrated this past academic year. You have navigated a truly difficult situation in a way that makes everyone at FSU proud. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in person next year!
March 27, 2020
Dear Class of 2020,
In light of the announcement of your commencement ceremony being postponed to a later date, we wanted to share some information about caps and gowns.
• The Oak Hall website, framingham.shopoakhalli.com, is still open for ship-to-home orders. Oak Hall has emailed the returns policy directly to those students whose orders have already shipped in case anyone wants to return them.
• Once a new date is set for commencement, the ship-to-store option will be added back to the website.
• The schedule for when graduates may pick up their orders at the Campus Store or buy regalia in the store will be postponed until a date for commencement is set. If we are unable to open the store at that time or if students are unable to pick up their items we will work directly with them to ship orders out from here. Phone orders may also be available at that time if needed.
• Customers who have ordered their regalia for in-store pickup may cancel and get a refund anytime before they receive the items by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Questions can be directed to the FSU Bookstore Manager, Keith Jacques, Tel: 508-626-4595 Fax: 508-820-1255; email@example.com www.framinghamstore.com
These are certainly stressful times, but Framingham State is committed to celebrating your accomplishments. The commencement committee is working on alternative plans for commencement, and the school will notify you when a new date is set.
We wish you all the best, Class of 2020!
Dean of Students Office
The following contains communication sent from the Dean of Students Office to all graduating 2020 seniors:
May 14 Newsletter
April 28 Newsletter
February 7 Newsletter (sent before Commencement was postponed, may contain outdated information)
December 19 Newsletter (sent before Commencement was postponed, may contain outdated information)
November 22 Newsletter (sent before Commencement was postponed, may contain outdated information)
More information and details, for graduates and their guests, is available through the links below:
Baccalaureate Commencement Ceremony - postponed, May 23, 2021
Graduate Commencement Ceremony - postponed, May 23, 2021