Topics: COVID-19, President, Commencement

May 15, 2020

I write to provide an update about plans for our Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020.

Last month, I shared that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our University was evaluating the feasibility of holding both our Spring and Summer Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, July 18.

Since then, it has become clear that we will be unable to celebrate with our graduates and their families on this date.

As difficult as this decision is, safety remains our top priority. We have determined that it is not feasible for us to accommodate the number of graduates and spectators expected to attend ceremonies in Worthen Arena on July 18 while still abiding by proper social distancing guidelines for large indoor gatherings. And given the time of year, it will be too uncomfortable for us to hold the ceremonies outdoors.

At this time, we are presently planning to host our Spring and Summer Commencement Exercises on Saturday, October 10. We will continue to send updates as more information is available.

All graduates whose Commencement exercises have been postponed will be able to participate in a future Commencement ceremony, as soon as it is safe to do so. We will continue to award degrees from our University when they are earned, and graduating students will receive their diplomas by mail.

I appreciate your patience as we plan how best to honor our graduates while prioritizing the safety of our graduating students, their families, and their friends.


Geoffrey S. Mearns
Ball State University