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Commencement represents the culmination of a student's academic achievement. It is a time of celebration and reflection for students, families, friends, faculty, and staff. It brings together a diverse community to share in the joy of accomplished goals.

Due to continued COVID-related concerns, however, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule the Winter Commencement ceremony originally planned for December 18.

We know that our students have worked hard for these opportunities, so we share their disappointment caused by this announcement. As we continue to manage the pandemic, our top priority is the health and safety of our campus community.

Commencement for May, August, and December 2020 graduates—along with May 2021 graduates—will now be held in a series of Commencement ceremonies that will take place on May 8 and 9, 2021. We regret that this is another change of plans for our May 2020 graduates and their families; however, we continue to endeavor to provide them with the appropriate recognition of the conferral of their degrees.

By rescheduling Winter Commencement for May, we are hopeful for fewer governmental restrictions on large events. A spring event will also allow for more options, including the potential for outdoor activities. We look forward to celebrating all of our 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates in person at the Commencement ceremony.

Winter Commencement 2020

The 2020 Winter Commencement Ceremony has been canceled and Butler will hold a formal Commencement ceremony for all May, August, and December 2020 graduates in a series of Commencement ceremonies on May 8 and 9, 2021. Information about the ceremonies can be found on the Details page.

Spring 2020 Celebration of Class Ceremony

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Butler honored its Spring 2020 Graduates with a Celebration of Degree Conferral. The video recording is available to watch here.

Student Reflection Speakers

Graduates are invited to share their experiences and reflections at Commencement.