Fall Commencement Ceremonies

President Denise M. Trauth | October 26, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff, 

I am pleased to announce that Texas State University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies for all fall 2020 graduates on December 11, 2020, in addition to a virtual commencement ceremony on December 12. Our spring and summer 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to attend in-person commencement ceremonies on December 10 since we were not able to hold in-person graduation events for them in May and August.  

This decision to hold both in-person and virtual ceremonies was made by my President’s Cabinet based on recommendations from the university’s Commencement Planning Work Group, and advice from our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Emilio Carranco, and state and federal public health agencies. We also considered information gathered from benchmarking against other universities, lessons learned from summer high school ceremonies, and responses to surveys sent to Texas State faculty, staff, and students.    

The in-person, socially distanced ceremonies will be held outdoors in Bobcat Stadium and will be conducted according to all COVID-19 health and safety protocols.  The virtual ceremony held on Saturday, December 12, will be available for all fall 2020 graduates and will be a special experience for those who are unable or choose not to attend in person. Should inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances preclude in-person commencement ceremonies on December 11 for fall 2020 graduates, the virtual commencement ceremony will enable us to honor them.

Although the outdoor and virtual commencements will be different from our traditional graduation events held in Strahan Arena, they will be a proud celebration of the accomplishments, spirit, and tenacity of our Bobcat graduates.

The Texas State Commencement webpage provides the information graduates need to participate and plan for the ceremonies. In addition, graduates will be receiving details via email regarding registering for a ceremony, securing a limited number of guest tickets for the outdoor ceremonies, and following safety precautions for the events. 

Since March, we have all worked hard to keep ourselves, each other, and our university community healthy. I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. I know it has been challenging, but together we have stayed the course and remained focused on our safety priorities and academic goals. I look forward to sharing these special events and incredible achievements with our graduates and their families.


Denise M. Trauth