Fredonia May 2020 Commencement postponed, planning begins for future event

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Fredonia has announced that, in the interest of public health and safety, the annual Commencement ceremonies traditionally held in May, will be postponed.

“Given the need to protect the health of everyone, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Commencement ceremony to a later date,” Interim President Dennis L. Hefner said in an email message to the campus community.

Dr. Hefner added the Class of 2020 will be included in the decision-making process as a new date is determined. “Senior Class President Deoniss Jackson has recommended seeking input from members of the Class of 2020 about several options before finalizing the exact date,” Dr. Hefner’s message said. “All seniors will be receiving a separate survey soon.”

Two identical Commencement ceremonies were planned for May 16 to honor the approximately 1,000 degree candidates eligible to participate.

Dr. Hefner made it clear to the graduating seniors that even though the formal ceremonies may be delayed, any academic degree they achieve will not.

“Please know that postponement of the ceremony does not delay receipt of diplomas,” Dr. Hefner said. “As happens every year, transcripts are revised in May to reflect the exact date of graduation, and actual diplomas are mailed to graduates in early summer.”

2020 Dual Ceremonies:

Bachelor's and master's degree and advanced certificate graduates are combined during these ceremonies. View information on when students will graduate.

Island Photography has informed us that all proofs for 2019 have been uploaded; there were a few email addresses that came back undeliverable. If you did not receive your proofs, contact Island Photography customer service at (800) 869-0908.



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The 2020 Commencement Committee is looking for volunteers for either or both ceremonies. Any questions regarding volunteers should be directed to Assistant Director of Campus Life Rachel Martin via email. There is an online form for interested persons to sign up to assist the committee.

2020 Tickets:

Ticket distribution for graduates begins on Wednesday, April 22, in the Fredonia Campus Ticket Office in the Williams Center, and continues until Friday, May 8. View ticket information.

2020 Cap and Gown:

Regalia will be available to students in the Bookstore beginning March 23. View cap and gown information.

Students with Special Needs

Families with Special Needs

Student Rehearsal on Friday, May 15

2020 Individual Graduate Photos:

A professional photographer from Island Photography will take photographs of each graduate as they are recognized during each Commencement ceremony. This does not represent an endorsement by Fredonia and there is no obligation to purchase. It is a service provided to our Commencement families and guests.

Within 48 hours after Commencement, students will be emailed a secure link and a PIN to view and order photos. Students can also register the email addresses of friends and relatives so that they would receive a direct link to their photos by visiting the website.

For questions, graduates should contact Island Photography customer service at (800) 869-0908 or email.

Got plans?

Students graduating this year are invited to share their future plans for posting on the website. Information can include new jobs, acceptances to graduate schools or other programs, and professional summer activities. Parents, faculty and staff members are encouraged to submit items, as are students. Please include the graduate's name, hometown, and major. Tell us your future plans.


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