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Dear Graduating Student,

Our world is facing unprecedented challenges that we could not have predicted a few weeks ago. As you are aware, the University has made many difficult decisions in an effort to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

We recognize how important commencement is for you, your classmates, and loved ones. However, following guidance from state and federal agencies to suspend large events and promote social distancing due to COVID-19, undergraduate, graduate, and law May 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed until December 2020. 

  • Friday, December 18, 2020 - Law and Graduate Ceremonies
  • Saturday, December 19, 2020 - Undergraduate Ceremonies

The Miller School of Medicine will host a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 3 p.m. EST and will communicate those details when available.

We are so proud of the effort you have extended to complete your degree. We realize that the postponement of May commencement ceremonies is extremely disappointing, and we did not reach this decision lightly. It was made by keeping the health and safety of our campus community and your families and loved ones in mind. We are disappointed for you and disappointed with you. This is also our chance to recognize and thank you. We’re sorry - the world pandemic has created unprecedented times.

I want to assure you that, you will still earn your degree and be considered a graduate of the University of Miami upon completion of your academic requirements, regardless of whether or not you are able to attend your ceremony in December.

Please note, Fall 2020 candidates will still have their own ceremonies as previously scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020. Additionally, all Senior Send-Off events for this semester, including the Commencement Ball, have been canceled.

For students who may not be able to join in December, the Office of Commencement is working to provide options to receive your regalia and diploma cover as well as Stoles of Gratitude. More information will be available in the coming weeks at and via e-mail.

Please make sure to provide these updates to your families.

Please know that your University is here to help as we navigate these difficult days. I am so proud of our University community, especially the Class of 2020, and look forward to keeping in touch with you.

Go 'Canes!

Dr. Patricia A. Whitely
Vice President for Student Affairs