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UA Class of 2020 Student Speakers

Payton Burkhammer

Payton Burkhammer

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Tabitha Meers

Tabitha Meers

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UPDATE: Dec. 7, 2020

2020 Virtual Commencement Details

Virtual commencement ceremonies for all 2020 graduates will become available for viewing at noon on Saturday, December 12, 2020 at

Graduates from spring, summer and fall 2020 will be recognized individually by college. Information about how you can participate in these ceremonies has already been sent to your student email address by StageClip.

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UPDATE: Nov. 13, 2020

Virtual Commencement for all 2020 graduates will be held in December; campus celebration planned for spring 2021

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Akron has committed itself to two goals:

  • keeping our students, faculty and staff as safe as possible, and
  • providing our graduates with the kind of recognition event they fully deserve.

In April, our Spring 2020 graduates overwhelmingly requested a delayed, in-person event over the virtual ceremonies adopted by other institutions at that time. By mid-summer the contagion had waned to the point that the University increased planning and preparation for an in-person commencement event for all 2020 graduates at the end of the fall semester.

Since September, however, COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths have risen to the point that the surge now surpasses all previous levels. On Nov. 11, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine reinforced significant mandates on group activities, and as a result, the University announced plans to move all classwork online a few weeks sooner than anticipated.

After extensive discussions internally and with our community public health partners, we will not be able to move forward with any kind of face-to-face commencement ceremony this December. We are now shifting our planning to a virtual commencement event for all 2020 graduates.

We remain hopeful that we will be able to have a commencement gathering of some kind in the spring to celebrate our recent alumni. We share the frustration of our graduates and their families. Commencement is a milestone event for them and the highlight of the academic year for our institution. We must, however, take all necessary steps to safeguard the health of our students, their families, and our extended University community.

Each of you will receive information about participation in the virtual ceremonies in upcoming communications.

Thank you for your understanding and patience in this difficult time.

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