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Virtual Commencement 2021

Virtual Ceremony - May 15th, 2021 at 10 AM

The University of Wyoming’s spring 2021 commencement ceremony will be conducted virtually in May, due to continuing concerns about large gatherings and travel related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony, following the format of both the spring and winter 2020 commencement events, will air Saturday, May 15, at 10 a.m on the official UW YouTube channel. It will include all colleges and degree levels.

All graduating students are invited to return for a future commencement ceremony. Additionally, UW is repurposing its spring 2021 commencement budget to purchase and deliver keepsakes for graduates. These commencement packages each will include a mortar board, tassel and stole so that graduates can have a “tassel-turning” moment during the virtual ceremony and take photographs. Students will receive more information about how to opt in to a commencement package via email in the coming weeks.

We are planning a socially distant, drop-in event with Lifetouch photographers in late March. Spring graduates would have the opportunity to have professional portraits taken. There will be no cost associated with having the photo taken--digital proofs will be provided via email, for purchase later. 

Students, please be sure to declare your Anticipated Graduation Date in order to be included in the Virtual Commencement. Instructions can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website





Virtual Ceremony Care Package

Graduating students will emailed a unique coupon code in March to redeem their virtual commencement care package which includes various celebration items such as mortar boards/tams, ceremony program, UW stickers and much more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduates have always received diplomas by mail after their degree verification is complete. This process can take up to 3 months. We don’t anticipate any changes to this process.

The link to the Virtual Commencement will be posted on this webpage in May.

Graduates will need opt-in for these packages. All students who have declared a Spring 2021 graduation date in WyoWeb will receive an email in March with a unique coupon code to redeem your keepsake package.

Students will not have to pay for our virtual ceremony package. Students can optionally purchase extra regalia components, like a robe, extra tassels, etc., if they would like.

Students do not need to do anything to notify us at this time. They should check the commencement website during our normal registration windows (October or March) for instructions on how to register. Questions can be directed to the commencement coordinator, Courtney Thomson-Lichty, at 307-766-5123

TYes! We would love for our graduates to do both.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to call the names of each student. Given the size of the graduating class, this would take several hours, and we don't think the special moment would translate in a virtual format. We are sharing printed programs with graduates' names in our keepsake packages, so graduates can have a permanent keepsake with their name. If hearing your name and crossing the stage is a can't-miss moment for you, we really hope you will join us at any future ceremony that works for you.

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates!



Social Media Interactive Toolkit

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Winter 2020 Tassel Turns and Hooding

This is a pivotal moment and we don’t want you to miss it as you graduate with your degree. That’s why we’ve asked graduates to submit a video, boomerang or photo of your tassel turning or hooding on our Padlet message board.

A new board will be set up for our Spring 2021 grads, so we can share these images at the end of the ceremony so you and celebrate together, even though we’re apart.

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Winter 2020 Congratulations

Thank you for submitting your congrats to our Winter 2020 graduates.

A new board will be created as we draw closer, so we can congratulate our Spring 2021 graduates. Come back later to share an encouraging video message to share with graduates at our may virtual commencement ceremony! You can also submit notes, photos and much more, and no login is required!

Please note: All messages are public and may be shown in our virtual commencement ceremony.

Contact us

Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Courtney Thomson-Lichty, Commencement Coordinator

Old Main, Suite 408

(307) 766-5123

For Degree Evaluation or Diploma Related Questions

Office of the Registrar

(307) 766-5272

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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