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April 10, 2020 - Graduation Update Message from President Markwood


We are deeply proud of our graduating seniors at CSU. There are few experiences that are more important than celebrating your graduation with a ceremony that includes your fellow students and with your family and friends. We understand the decision to not hold traditional May graduation ceremonies was disappointing news, so we explored a wide range of creative options to celebrate the hard work and educational accomplishments of the May Class of 2020.

We asked you to let us know what ideas you had for a virtual commencement. You responded, and we heard you loud and clear! You want an in-person ceremony and we plan to give you one!

On May 15th at 3 p.m. we will have an online live “conferring of degrees.” Deborah Bordelon, Provost and Executive Vice President and I will present you as candidates and confer your degree. After you satisfy your degree requirements, your diploma will be mailed to you. This usually takes a few weeks at the conclusion of the semester.

In anticipation of the University System of Georgia allowing the campus to be reopened for faculty, staff and students by August, we plan to host your in person graduation ceremony on August 8, 2020. If for some reason we are still not able to be on campus together, we will host a separate ceremony just for our Spring graduates at our December graduation.

To gauge how many graduates would attend either of these ceremonies, please complete this survey by April 24th. The survey will tell us if we need more than one ceremony in August (or December). You will receive a separate email regarding the ordering of graduation regalia. Because of the COVID 19 disruption, we will waive the graduation fee. If you have already paid the fee, we will refund it to you.

For information on the live conferring of degrees and the August ceremony, please go to graduation.columbusstate.edu. Your class has shown great perseverance and resiliency during these current challenges.

I am so proud of you and look forward to personally congratulating each of you at your graduation ceremony! You earned it — you deserve it!

Stay strong, be safe, and be kind.

Dr. Markwood's Signature

President Chris Markwood

Virtual Advisor