2020 Virtual Recognitions

With social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the official commencement celebration is postponed and departments across campus are recognizing their graduates in a variety of ways virtually.

2020 Official Commencement announcement


President Robbyn Wacker announced plans for the official 2020 St. Cloud State Commencement Ceremony live on Facebook


School of Health and Human Services

Dean Shonda Craft congratulates graduates with a Facebook video message. The School of Health and Human Services recognized its class of graduate students with a virtual hooding ceremony live via ZoomMay 8, beginning with President Wacker's live announcement. 


School of Public Affairs 

The School of Public Affairs recognized all graduates with a photo slideshow posted to Facebook. It is also doing individual graduate hooding ceremonies for each of its master’s programs:

  • Master of Public Administration is meeting in Husky Plaza 3 p.m. Thursday, May 7, to receive their hoods/tassels in a socially distanced manner.
  • Economics is doing a Zoom ceremony May 8. 
  • Criminal Justice programs will be doing a couple of hood/tassel deliveries. 
  • Planning & Community Development is delivering a hood/tassel to a graduates and holding a 3 p.m. May 6 recognition with faculty and Dean King Banaian. 


College of Liberal Arts

Undergrad CLA from UTVS Television on Vimeo.


Graduate CLA from UTVS Television on Vimeo.

The College of Liberal Arts posted videos congratulating undergraduate and graduate students. It also listed and recognized all of its graduates (PDF) by major with best wishes. 

Individual departments in the College of Liberal Arts are planning individual virtual events and is sending master's program graduates a special message via email on May 8. 

  • Mass Communications is holding a virtual hooding ceremony for Strategic Media Communications graduates at 10:30 a.m. featuring congratulations from Program Director Dr. Roya Akhavan.
  • Anthropology is planning a Zoom celebration for graduates and their close friends and family.
  • Communication Studies faculty members created and shared a video congratulating graduates.


School of the Arts

School of the Arts listed and recognized all of its graduates (PDF) by major on Facebook with a message of best wishes.

  • The music department is planning a virtual recognition of its graduates.

Herberger Business School

Herberger Business School is putting together a congratulatory video to recognize graduates.


College of Science and Engineering

The College of Science and Engineering hosted a virtual celebration Friday, May 8 on AltSpace.


School of Education

The School of Education shared a video congratulating all of its graduates on Facebook

Center for International Studies and Multicultural Student Services 

The Center for International Studies and Multicultural Student Services is teaming up to recognize graduates they serve with a Zoom graduation celebration at 7 p.m. May 6 featuring a welcome and congratulations from President and Brit Williams. S seniors Jarron Williams Kabao Yang  and Prapti Niroula  will share their St. Cloud State University  reflections.

University Athletics 

University Athletics celebrated the accomplishments and contributions of its senior athletes during a special online Senior Send-Off and Awards Celebration on April 30.