To help ensure the safety and well-being of our community, we have decided that our May 2020 graduation ceremony cannot take place as planned; however, we are not cancelling Commencement. The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated on Saturday, May 15, 2021, along with the Class of 2021. Please view our Commencement Frequently Asked Questions below for details.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did the College make this decision?
After careful consideration, including consultation with the Virtual Student Advisory Board and the College’s University System Student Board representatives, the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated on May 15, 2021, along with the Class of 2021. For full details, please view the 2020 Commencement Update (3/31/2020).
Will I receive my cap and gown?
We will hold your regalia at the Concord campus until next year, at which time your regalia will be sent to the campus that you selected when you filled out the Intent to Graduate form.
What happens to my regalia order?
We will still order your regalia this year and hold it for you until next year’s ceremony.
Will I have to register again next year?
No, students who previously registered to attend the 2020 Ceremony will not need to register again. They will receive outreach in early 2021 to share updated details regarding the 2021 ceremony.
What if I no longer want to, or will not be able to attend the 2021 ceremony.
If you are no longer able to or interested in attending the 2021 ceremony, please notify the GSC Graduation team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org so that your student record can be updated.
How will I get my diploma?
The Registrar’s office will mail your diploma to you within 6-8 weeks of your conferral date. Once your conferral is completed it will also appear on your official academic transcripts; these transcripts are the legal document showing proof of your conferral and can be requested electronically (via your WebROCK account), so you’ll have an expedient option to share your conferral with others (i.e., employers, other educational institutions, etc.). When ordering, you can request that your transcript order be held for processing until after your degree conferral has taken place.
Degree conferral will take place in advance of you receiving your diploma in the mail. Look for a comment on the bottom of your GPS audit (accessible via WebROCK) indicating that your degree has been conferred; this is the signal that your official academic record (and transcript) reflect your completed degree.
Who should I contact with questions pertaining to Graduation?
Please contact email@example.com with any questions pertaining to degree conferral and/or the annual Commencement Ceremony.
Can I still apply to be the Student Speaker in 2021?
Yes. You will be able to submit an application next year for Student Speaker. Important Commencement 2021 details, including deadlines, cap and gown pick-up, the ceremony and more, will be posted in January 2021.
Can I still apply to sing the National Anthem in 2021?
Yes, you may apply next year to sing the National Anthem. Important Commencement 2021 details, including deadlines, cap and gown pick-up, the ceremony and more, will be posted in January 2021.
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