UVU 2020 Commencement and Convocation FAQ

Last updated: 7/2/2020 9:00am


Celebrating UVU Graduates with Innovation and Tradition


Why were commencement and the college/school convocations postponed to August?

Due to the unforeseeable impact of COVID-19, the decision was made — for the protection of our students and their guests, faculty, and staff — to postpone UVU’s 2020 commencement and convocation ceremonies.


When and where will the college/school convocations be held?

Graduates, their families, and friends are invited to a “drive-thru” convocation on August 19, 2020, between 5 – 7:30 p.m. Each student will be recognized as their name is announced, and they will come forward to the walkway to receive their recognition and diploma cover from their respective college dean. Family and friends will stay in their car as each grad is recognized. The convocations will occur simultaneously by college or school in multiple parking lots across campus. Specific locations for each college and school will be sent to each graduate at the end of July. The details will also be available online.


When and where will commencement be held?

A “drive-in” commencement celebration will immediately follow convocations. UVU parking lots near the UCCU Center will be transformed into a drive-in theater of sorts for graduates and guests to participate in the comfort of their vehicles decorated to show individual Wolverine spirit.

The main outdoor stage with large LED movie screens spread throughout the parking lots, along with a dedicated FM radio station, will make this creative, high-energy commencement unlike any other in the state.

This special event will include pre-show entertainment between 7:30 – 8:15 p.m., including a UVU flyover, and a UVU grad swag gift bag for each graduate.

The Commencement celebration from 8:15 – 9 p.m. will include an inspiring keynote address by Gail Miller, an induction into the Alumni Association, along with additional entertainment, an impressive fireworks show, and other exciting details that will be announced in the coming weeks.


When and where will I receive specific details and instructions regarding commencement and my college/school’s convocation? 

UVU’s Graduation Office will send details and instructions to your myUVU email account at the end of July. Details will also be available online.


Do I need to register for commencement and my college/school’s convocation?

All graduates are required to register to participate in commencement and convocation. The free and simple registration can be done online at uvu.edu/graduation before August 1, 2020.


If I have already registered for commencement and my college/school’s convocation, will I need to register again?

No. Graduates who have already registered for commencement do not need to register again.


What are the advantages of attending August commencement and my college/school’s convocation after they have been postponed?

Graduation is the culmination of a remarkable educational journey, and the celebration of a tremendous achievement. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the culmination of your hard work in celebration with your family, friends, and those who supported you throughout your UVU experience.


Will the postponement of commencement and college/school convocations prevent me from graduating?

No. The ceremonies are a rite of passage and a memorable tradition, but not attending has no impact on the awarding of a student’s degree at the end of the semester. The only thing that would prevent you from graduating is not completing all academic and graduation requirements by the completion deadline.  


Will I be refunded the late fee I had to pay for my spring application since the ceremonies are now being moved?

No. Fees are applied for processing your degree, not for the ceremonies.


I can’t attend the August commencement and/or college/school convocations. What should I do?

We understand the delay may impact your ability or the ability of your family and friends to attend the events designed to be the final culmination of your hard work, persistence, and success. We are also disappointed and saddened by this possibility. The commencement celebration from 8:15 – 9 p.m. will be livestreamed on UVU’s YouTube channel.


Will UVU faculty and staff be attending the August college/school convocations?

Faculty and staff who have positively impacted your life are invited to your college/school’s “drive-thru” convocation, and they will be present if possible.


When will I receive proof that I graduated?

Students were able to order an official transcript for proof of graduation after the spring semester concluded, and their degrees have been awarded. Students can check their myUVU account under My Academics and Degree Information. Once your degree is awarded, you will be able to order a transcript specifying the degree was awarded.


When will I receive my diploma?

The Registrar’s Office mails all diplomas after the degrees have been awarded at the end of the spring semester. This may take up to 6-8 weeks. Most students will receive their diploma sooner than that.


Preparing for August Graduation Ceremonies 

What do I need to do to participate in the August commencement and/or college/school convocations?

 Follow these simple steps:

  1. Apply for graduation in Wolverine Track if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Register to participate in ceremonies at uvu.edu/graduation before August 1, 2020.
  3. Attend Grad Fest August 4-5 to purchase your cap, gown, and other related regalia.


When will UVU Grad Fest now be held?  

  • August 4-5      
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Clarke Building (CB) 510/511
  • All graduates desiring to attend Grad Fest must sign up for a time slot at org/gradfest2020.


Grad Fest is your one-stop grad shop for all graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, etc.) and memorabilia (announcements, diploma frames, zipper pulls, apparel, and more from the UVU Bookstore & Alumni).

Plus, there are exclusive Grad Fest discounts — receive 20% off all purchases. Receive $50 off your regalia package if you purchase it with your UCCU-UVU Alumni credit card.


Can I get my cap and gown sooner so I can take pictures?

Graduation regalia and memorabilia may be purchased online through Jostens. Regalia will be shipped directly to you. Shipping fees will apply. Graduation regalia may also be purchased at Grad Fest August 4-5, where you will receive exclusive discounts — and items can be purchased without shipping fees.


Can I order my cap and gown or other graduation regalia and memorabilia if I am not attending commencement and/or college/school convocations?

Yes, you can order online or at Grad Fest on August 4-5. Shipping fees will apply to online orders.


Where should I go to find the most up-to-date information about commencement and college/school convocations?

The most up-to-date information regarding commencement can be found via this link.