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Winter Commencement 2020

Winter Commencement 2020

This winter, we are excited to welcome Butler families to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse as we recognize the achievements for all May, August, and December 2020 graduates. This year, the winter Commencement ceremony will take place on Friday, December 18, 2020

Please explore the links on this page for a summary of the ceremony as well as detailed information on ordering student caps, gowns and hoods, requesting tickets, how to get herewhere to park, and important Commencement events happening throughout the day. 

Commencement is pleased to offer accessibility services to those with special needs.

A professional photographer will be at the ceremony. 

Additional Information to Come:

Tickets & Seating for the Re-Scheduled Commencement: Each graduating student will receive information about the number of guest tickets at a later date. 

Commencement Related Events: Events will be posted and updated as details become available. Please return here to confirm your commencement plans as the date approaches.

Important Links

Summary of the Ceremony

Student Instructions for Commencement Day

Ordering Caps, Gowns and Hoods

Commencement Eligibility

Information for Faculty

Directions to Campus

Parking Information

Accessibility Services

Area Hotels

Professional Photography

Inclement Weather Communications Plan

In the event of inclement weather, information about the status of the ceremony will be shared via email, University social media, and the University website. 


COVID-19 and Butler Commencement 2020—Update: April 16, 2020

Butler University will hold a formal Commencement ceremony for all May, August, and December 2020 graduates on Friday, December 18 in Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Please see the message from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathryn Morris by visiting the COVID-19 Information for the Butler Community webpage.


COVID-19 and Butler Commencement 2020 - Update: April 6, 2020

Due to the most recent developments from our government agencies concerning COVID-19, the difficult decision has been made to cancel this year’s Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 9, 2020. While the May Commencement ceremony will not happen as originally planned, there are a number of alternative options being explored to recognize and celebrate the Class of 2020.

Graduates may choose to purchase a cap and gown from the Butler Bookstore starting Monday, April 6 at the store's website. Please remember to include your height and college information when completing your online purchase.

Please continue to monitor this page and Butler's website for further updates as they arise.