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Commencement

Graduate Celebration

May 16, 2020

Although the postponement of Commencement was a necessary, albeit disappointing, decision, the University doesn’t want May 16, 2020 to pass without marking the occasion by celebrating our graduates’ earning of degrees. Thus, today, we celebrate the Class of 2020 and all of their exceptional accomplishments. We hope you will join us by engaging with one or all of the following virtual efforts taking place today as part of our Graduate Celebration.

Graduate Celebration

  1. Graduate Spotlights

    The University has been featuring graduates and their plans for life after the earning of their degrees on social media since the beginning of April. These spotlights will continue to be shared throughout the month of May.

  2. Spirit Week

    The Office of Alumni Engagement will launch a week-long social media series on our alumni-specific Facebook and Twitter sites during the week of May 11, 2020. Each day will feature a different theme, including the following:

    Mount Union Monday (fight song performance by Mount Union band members and alumni)
    Trivia Tuesday (Mount Union trivia)
    Wednesday Wisdom (advice for the Class of 2020)
    Throwback Thursday (favorite Mount Union memories)
    Family Friday (favorite images of your Mount Union family)

  3. 2020 Graduate Listing

    The morning of May 16, the University will launch a Commencement website that will list the names of all of the graduates earning degrees (including walkers). Graduates’ names will be listed by college and then by degree type. The awarding of Latin honors will be included in this listing.

    2020 Graduate Listing

  4. 20 for ’20 Celebration

    The Office of Alumni Engagement is spearheading an effort to gather congratulatory and encouraging messages to be shared with graduates via social media during the week leading up to May 16, 2020. Keep an eye on social media for a video and additional posts that reflect submitted messages.

  5. Live Stream Display

    The names of our graduates will be displayed via a live stream beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. The link to the live feed will be provided on this website on Saturday, in addition to being sent by email and communicated on social media.

    Each graduate’s display will include the individual’s name, major, and hometown, similar to what is traditionally listed in the Commencement program. Names will be announced as they are displayed. Production time for the display will prevent the inclusion of Latin honors, which will be included in the graduate listing on the website as indicated above.

    We will then be able to share the video on YouTube following the live stream. We will also have the video to use as a back-up in case inclement weather compromises the live stream.

    View Live Stream (available at 1:30 p.m.)

    The following schedule offers approximate start times for graduate listings for each degree type within each college. Please note that these times are approximate based upon a 1:30 p.m. start. Timing of the live stream may vary based upon system lags and individual internet provider speeds. We encourage you to access the feed well in advance of these approximate times to ensure that you don't miss a particular listing.

    College of Arts and Humanities (app. 1:31 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Arts (app. 1:31 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Music (app. 1:36 p.m.) 

    College of Applied and Social Sciences (app. 1:37 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Arts (app. 1:37 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Science (app. 2:04 p.m.)
    Master of Education (app. 2:09 p.m.)

    College of Natural and Health Sciences (app. 2:12 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Science (app. 2:13 p.m.)
    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (app. 2:30 p.m.)
    Master of Science (app. 2:33 p.m.)
    Doctor of Physical Therapy (app. 2:38 p.m.)

  6. Commencement Hometown News Releases

    The Office of Marketing will send news releases to the hometown newspapers of each graduate the week following graduation. This accomplishment will then automatically be shared to graduates’ Merit pages, which will allow them to share their accomplishment on their own social media platforms.

   

Important Graduation Updates

  1. Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

    Graduates now have the option to request regalia! Please complete the request form to share how and when you would like to receive your cap and gown.

  2. Update Your Contact Information with the Office of Alumni Engagement

    Stay connected with Mount Union by following our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages and by keeping your contact information current, so we can invite you to upcoming alumni events on campus and in YOUR area!

  3. Diplomas

    If you are a current Mount Union student who is expected to graduate (an official degree conferral) on May 16, 2020, you will have the option of picking up your diploma in person at the Office of the University Registrar on campus before mailing begins on June 1, 2020. For more information visit diploma pick-up.

    Pick-Up Dates:

    Wednesday, May 20
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Thursday, May 21
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Friday, May 22
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    All undergraduate, Master of Education, and Doctor of Physical Therapy diplomas will be mailed beginning June 1, 2020 to the address listed on Self-Service. Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies diplomas will be available upon the completion of the summer term. Please make sure your mailing address is current. Diploma covers will be distributed at the rescheduled Commencement ceremony.

  4. Diploma Frames

    In-stock diploma frames will be discounted 30% (online only) through May 31, 2020. Visit the University Store site to place an order.

  5. Explore Career Support

    Learn of ways to utilize the Office of Career Development resources after graduation.

  6. Student Involvement

    The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership can provide a “Student Involvement Record” by request. Please visit the Order a Transcript page on the Mount Union website.

  7. Student Balances

    The Office of Business Affairs will be reviewing the graduation list to make sure student balances are paid. Those who still have an outstanding balance will be receiving an email requesting they contact the Office of Business Affairs regarding payment.

   

Postponement of Commencement

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention’s recommendations to limit gatherings of more than 50 people and other recommendations being made by our state and national governments, we will not be able to hold our Commencement on May 16. The evolving nature of this public health crisis makes it impossible to confirm a new date for our Baccalaureate service and Commencement ceremony at this time, but we are committed to rescheduling these events as soon as we can safely do so. We will be certain to communicate details and make updates to this site when we are able to confidently confirm a new date.

Please note that the postponement of the ceremony will not impact the official awarding of degrees to students who have completed all requirements for graduation. These students will still be awarded their diplomas, dated May 16, 2020, and will receive them via mail. If your ability to meet graduation requirements is impacted by the cancellation of clinicals or practicums or because of other circumstances, you will still be able to participate in the rescheduled Commencement ceremony if your degree will be completed by the end of the summer or fall term. The Office of the University Registrar will work with these impacted students individually to determine degree conferral options.