Spring 2020 Information
2020 Spring Commencement Ceremony
Update from President Nellis
Dear 2020 Graduates,
Congratulations once again on earning your degrees from Ohio University and beginning the next chapters of your lives.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world and I know that it has altered many of your plans. Our University community has been thinking of you often, and we hope that you are doing well.
As you know, in the spring we decided to delay the May 2020 Commencement Ceremonies after speaking with student leaders about the situation. The students asked that we not hold a virtual spring commencement, but instead wait until it is safe to hold an in-person ceremony.
As the weeks and months passed, though, the progression of COVID-19 made it impossible for us to gather this summer in order to celebrate your accomplishments.
In August, we sent you a survey to ask how you would like to be honored. The responses showed that the Class of 2020 would still like to have the opportunity to walk across the Commencement stage and celebrate with friends and family when it is safe to do so. We plan to honor that request with a special Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony, when it is finally deemed safe to gather in large groups again.
In addition, in late October we will be mailing all spring graduates a commemorative Spring 2020 program with all of your names and degree information, a special green and white tassel, and other items to celebrate your accomplishments at Ohio University.
If you would like this special mailing sent to an address that is not where your diploma was mailed, please let us know through this form by September 21, 2020.
The Class of 2020 accomplished a great deal during difficult circumstances and you will always be remembered for your courage, adaptability and perseverance. We are incredibly proud of you, and we look forward to celebrating with you when it is safe to do so.
Thank you and Go Bobcats,
M. Duane Nellis, Ph.D.
Check out all the ways we celebrated with the Class of 2020 in May!
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