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Family and Friends: 2020 Virtual Commencement Information 


Saturday, May 9, 2020 

10 a.m. Colleges of:
Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
Natural Sciences
Nursing; and
Jerome J. Lohr College of Engineering

2 p.m. Colleges of:
Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Education and Human Sciences
Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions 

5 p.m. Graduate 
Master's and doctorate degrees in all colleges conferred. 

A listing of colleges and departments can be found here.

Ceremony information

Our virtual commencement ceremonies strive to give graduates, families and friends the best graduation experience possible. There are a series of three videos, each one representing the three different commencement ceremonies that were set to take place. Each video will be released approximately 30 minutes prior to the set commencement time. Find the commencement schedule above.

Like SDSU’s traditional commencement ceremonies, each prerecorded ceremony will feature speakers from across campus representing the President’s Office, Academic Affairs, respective colleges, SDSU Alumni Association, South Dakota Board of Regents and more. Student speakers that were nominated and selected to speak at commencement will be featured as well. Each ceremony concludes in approximately two hours.

Each student who completed a graduation application will have their name read in their respective ceremony. We encourage graduates and loved ones to celebrate commencement. Graduates, take a walk across the living room in your regalia. Share your favorite memories during your time at SDSU. Share the commencement videos online for your socially distant loved ones to see. Use the hashtag #SDState20 on social media, and we will share our favorite posts. Snap your commencement “walk” to @sdstate on Snapchat, and we will post it to our story.

Graduates, set your profile photo filter on Facebook to match the Class of 2020.

Family and friends, set your profile photo on Facebook to congratulate the Class of 2020.

We hope to be able to celebrate in person later in 2020 for graduates that choose to participate. Until then, we would like to recognize all of the graduates and their accomplishments at SDSU on their official graduation day, May 9.


All ceremonies are posted on the Graduation main page.