UVU 2020 Commencement and Convocation FAQ

Last updated: 4/10/2020 10:30am


Commencement Changes:


Why were commencement and the college/school convocations postponed?

Due to the unforeseeable impact of the COVID-19 virus, 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 commencement and the college/school convocations be held?

The commencement ceremony will be held on Wednesday, August 19, and convocation ceremonies will be held on Thursday, August 20, in the UCCU Center and Lockhart Arena on UVU’s Orem Campus. Specific times and locations for each college/school can be found online.


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 in mid-April.


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

Yes, you will need to register again due to the change in dates. You can register for the August graduation events at this link beginning Friday, May 1 — Tuesday, August 18.


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

Graduation is the accomplishment of a remarkable educational journey, and a 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 the 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 the ability of you and 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 ceremony will be livestreamed on UVU’s YouTube channel.


Will UVU faculty and staff be attending the August commencement?

Yes. We expect the faculty and staff who have positively impacted your life to be present, if possible.


When will I receive proof that I graduated?

Students will be able to order an official transcript for proof of graduation after the semester concludes and their degree has 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 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 the UVU Graduation Website beginning May 1.
  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     
  • 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Clarke Building (CB) 510/511

 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 can be purchased online beginning May 1 through Jostens (the website will not be active for orders until then). 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 beginning May 1 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 at uvu.edu/graduation/ceremony/index.html.


Wednesday, August 19, 2020




3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

First-Gen Reception*

SC206 abc

5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Student-Athlete Reception*

Presidential South — UCCU Center

4:45 p.m.

Doors open to public

UCCU Center

5:45 p.m.

Faculty, Staff, and

Students Assemble

LA hallway /

FL 2nd Floor

6:15 p.m.

Processional March


6:30 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony

UCCU Center


*Still needing confirmation


Thursday, August 20, 2020




8:00 a.m.

Woodbury School of Business


UCCU Center

School of the Arts


Lockhart Arena

11:00 a.m.

College of Humanities & Social Sciences


UCCU Center

College of Science


Lockhart Arena

2:00 p.m.

College of Engineering & Technology


UCCU Center

University College


Lockhart Arena


5:00 p.m.



College of Health & Public Service


UCCU Center

School of Education


Lockhart Arena