ETSU Graduating Class - Fall 2020
Virtual Commencement Information
Dear ETSU community,
Commencement is the most significant event we celebrate on the campus of East Tennessee State University each year. It is an occasion in which we salute our graduating students as they complete a transformative journey and achieve the greatest dream ever of earning a college degree. Commencement is also a time in which we pay tribute to the faculty, staff and loved ones who have supported our graduates throughout that journey. This past May, the unique circumstances presented by the COVID-19 outbreak required us to hold our Spring Commencement Exercises in a virtual setting, but the magic and fanfare that event always brings was not lost as we conferred over 2,200 degrees to members of the Class of 2020.
As we proceed through the fall semester, we recognize that the pandemic continues to present challenges in our ability to host large-scale events such as Commencement, a time in which we typically welcome thousands of guests to the Mini-Dome. Based on the guidelines from the CDC and state and local health agencies as well as the recommendations from the institution’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team, the executive leadership team has made the decision that our Fall Commencement Exercises, which are scheduled for December 12, will be held once again in a virtual setting. This will include all other graduation recognition and hooding ceremonies that are scheduled for the end of the semester.
This has been a very difficult decision for the institution, but we recognize the need to keep the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus guests as the highest priority. When we announced that our Spring Commencement Exercises would be virtual, I assured the Class of 2020 that they would have the opportunity to participate in a future ceremony at which time they could be part of the beloved ritual of crossing the graduation stage. Initially, we had anticipated that would be an option for our Fall Commencement in December; however, we hope to offer this opportunity to the entire Class of 2020 sometime next spring.
The ceremony will be premiered live on etsu.edu/classof2020 at 10 a.m. on December 12, 2020 and on the main ETSU Facebook account. Recordings of the ceremonies will also be able to be viewed following the live premiere of commencement on this website. More information will be provided to our graduates in the upcoming weeks. Also, specific information about the spring 2021 academic calendar will be sent to the campus in the upcoming days. Thank you for all you do for ETSU.
President Brian Noland
May 2020 Virtual Ceremony List: