Today is YOUR Day.
Congrats to the class of 2020.
The moment you’ve been working towards for years is finally here and it’s time to celebrate your achievement surrounded by people who are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished.
While the current situation is putting a pause on in-person ceremonies, we didn’t want to wait to celebrate this moment with you, so we’re going to do it virtually! You’re invited to attend a more traditional, in-person ceremony as soon as it’s safe to do so, but in the meantime, we hope you’ll gather your friends and family to participate in this memorable moment from the safety of your home.
Virtual commencement ceremony:
Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11am PDT (2pm EDT)
Deadline for registration, personal conferral card, and video submissions (details below): August 10, 2020.
Registering for commencement
Please make sure to review the ceremony eligibility requirements shown on the commencement registration website as they must be met in order to register.
How to register:
- Log in to eCampus
- Select Program tab from top menu options
- Click on the Commencement link on this page (lower on page)
- Check eligibility requirements before registering
- Select the Virtual Commencement Ceremony
- Complete registration (After you successfully register, you will receive a confirmation email)
Friends and family are not required to register. Just you!
Deadline for registration is August 10, 2020.
Share your graduation celebration
We're inviting graduates to be a part of the ceremony by sharing their celebratory moments in two ways. Deadline for submissions is August 10, 2020:
- Conferral card
Submit a picture and a message or favorite quote to be featured on your personalized conferral card, which will be displayed when your name is read. Also, you can share how you want your name pronounced. Be on the lookout for an email from us with details on how to submit your photo, messages, and pronunciation preferences safely through a site called Marching Order.
- Commencement video
Submit photos and videos for a chance to be part of our celebratory commencement video. Only 70 to 100 photos will be chosen so make them count! Examples include drive-by graduation parties, impromptu dancing, walking across a makeshift stage, improvised hats and gowns, etc. Send your photos and videos to UOPX Commencement and make sure to include your full name and degree information. Landscape/horizontal orientation, as well as images that don’t include added graphics or transitions, are preferred.
How to join the virtual commencement
Everyone is invited to celebrate our graduates at the September 2020 Virtual Commencement. All you need is internet access to tune in LIVE on the University of Phoenix YouTube channel, September 12, 2020 at 11am PDT (2 pm EDT). If you or your family and friends want to participate in the interactive portion, and post congratulatory messages during the event, you must be logged into your YouTube account. So, get those graduation emojis ready!
Important things to remember
Make sure your graduation day is everything you expect and more. Remember, the deadline for all the following is August 10, 2020.
Register for commencement
Graduates can check eligibility requirements and register for the ceremony on the commencement registration website. Register now
Submit profile pictures
Graduates will soon receive an email with instructions on how to submit a picture and message for their personalized conferral card.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Virtual ceremonies are not meant to replace or even mimic our physical commencements, but rather serve as a compliment to them. We’ll continue to monitor the COVID-19 impact, however we anticipate in-person graduation ceremonies to resume sometime in 2021.
No. Graduates will not be on camera and therefore no camera is required. However, graduates, along with their families and loved ones, will have the opportunity to participate in the ceremony using the visible social media chat feature on YouTube. Throughout the ceremony, everyone is encouraged to post celebratory comments in the chat window which is viewable to all.
Yes, there will be a digital program that can be downloaded and shared with family and friends. It will be available the day of the ceremony as well as one month after the ceremony. Also, doctoral graduates will see their dissertation titles and chair names in the program.
The virtual commencement includes pre-recorded elements to ensure the health and safety of our speakers, faculty members, and students.