Spring Commencement

Commencement COVID-19 Updates

End of Year Messages to the Graduates

Ceremony Schedule

Click here to view the Medical School virtual Commencement Ceremony held on May 9, 2020.

Following guidance from state and federal agencies to suspend large events and promote social distancing due to COVID-19, the May 2020 undergraduate, graduate, and law commencement ceremonies will be postponed until December 2020. 

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

Please note, Fall 2020 candidates will still have their own ceremonies as previously scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020.

Degree and Diploma

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.

Diplomas are issued by the Office of the Registrar upon successful completion of your degree requirements. More information can be found via the Office of the Registrar.

Cap and Gown, Diploma Covers, and Stole of Gratitude

The deadline to order cap and gown was May 18, 2020. All students who plan to return for the postponed ceremonies in December, will be able to obtain cap and gown then.

  • Cap and gown will be provided to you free of charge in December at cap and gown distribution and on ceremony days.
  • Please be sure to complete the RSVP form that will be emailed to you in the fall.
  • Stole of Gratitude will also be available for purchase in December.

*If you received a Bachelor gown with the incorrect U logo, please email commencement@miami.edu for a replacement gown.

Student Speakers

A student speaker will still be featured during the rescheduled ceremonies. We encourage you to apply if you meet the criteria and plan to attend. Please note there will be a virtual selection process to accommodate all students.

Details for undergraduate student speakers will be updated on our website, so please check back for details in the fall.

Graduating Student Survey

We know that COVID-19 has created very stressful situations, not to mention difficult economic conditions to graduate into. We’re really proud of you and want you to know that we’re here to celebrate your successes and help in any way that we can. In order to do so, we need to hear from you about your post-graduation plans. Taking the University of Miami Graduating Student Survey will be a huge help to the University, to your fellow classmates, and to yourself!

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the confidential online Graduating Student Survey (using the link below) so that the University can learn about your UM experience and what your plans are after graduation. As a bonus, by taking the survey, you will have the chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card thanks to Handshake.


Additional information:

  • Your responses will be used for research purposes only and will be confidential. No answers will ever be linked to you in any report.
  • If you would like more information about the survey, contact Dr. Alexandra Lord, Director of Assessment & Communication at the Toppel Career Center, at toppel@miami.eduor (305) 284-5451.