On Aug. 6-7, Austin Peay State University will host six commencement ceremonies to honor the University’s spring and summer graduates. Earlier this year, the COVID-19 pandemic caused Austin Peay – along with most schools around the country – to postpone its May graduation ceremonies because of health and safety concerns, but the University remained committed to recognizing students’ accomplishments.
On Thursday, Aug. 6, Austin Peay will host three ceremonies for spring graduates, and on Aug. 7, the University will host another morning ceremony for spring graduates and two afternoon ceremonies for all summer graduates.
All ceremonies will take place in the APSU Dunn Center and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) social distancing guidelines. All students, guests and Austin Peay employees will be required to follow established guidelines.
Student Participation - Due to the necessity to limit seating for each ceremony, students were previously asked to confirm their intent to participate. Confirmation of participation was required in order to participate.
The ceremonies may also be viewed live on APSU-TV via CDE LIghtband channel 9, Spectrum Cable channel 192, or AT&T Uverse channel 99 and can be heard on WAPX-FM radio, 91.9MHz.
|August 6||10 a.m.||College of Behavioral and Health Science’s Criminal Justice, Leadership and Organizational Administration, Public Management, Political Science, Psychology and Sociology programs and General Studies Majors|
|August 6||2 p.m.||College of Business and the College of Behavioral and Health Science’s Health and Human Performance, Nursing and Social Work programs|
|August 6||6 p.m.||Eriksson College of Education and Liberal Arts (AS degree) majors|
|August 7||10 a.m.||College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics|
|August 7||2 p.m.||College of Behavioral and Health Sciences, Eriksson College of Education, College of Business, General Studies Majors|
|August 7||6 p.m.||College of Arts and Letters and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and Liberal Arts (AS degree) majors|
Additional Commencement Information
Summer Ceremony: Due to the volume of requests to participate in the ceremony for the August 2020 graduates, there will be two ceremonies. Please refer to your APSU email for confirmation of your participation time or the above chart. Please note if you are earning your AS in Liberal Arts and still pursuing your bachelor's degree, you will participate with the Liberal Arts graduates.
Guest Information: In order to provide as safe an environment as possible, all graduates and guests (three years and older) must wear a face covering or mask while inside the Dunn Center. The number of guest seats available in the Dunn Center will be limited to ensure social distancing, and each graduate will be provided with a limited number of tickets to distribute to guests. Every guest entering the Dunn Center will be required to present a ticket. The ceremonies will also be shortened to limit time indoors, but be assured attending graduates will be recognized by name as they walk across the stage.
Guest Tickets: Guest tickets will be available for pick-up by the graduating students on July 23 and 24 from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Honda Building, located at 317 College Street.
Additional Pick-up Dates/Times: Guest tickets may also be picked up in the Office of the Registrar, Ellington building, RM 310 and 310A through Tuesday, August 4 by 4 p.m.
Day of: Doors to the Dunn Center will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony for guests and graduating students to enter the facility.
Graduate Student Hooding: Due to social distancing requirements, graduate students will not be hooded on the stage. Graduate students may arrive an hour and a half prior to the ceremony, for a photo opportunity to be hooded by two guests (who must have guest tickets). You will be directed to this location in the Dunn Center upon your arrival.
Check-in and Seating for Graduating Students - Students who are graduating must report to the Dunn Center lobby to check-in and receive their name card. Once checked-in, students will proceed to the Dunn Center floor for further instruction and to be seated. Students should ensure all personal items that need to be given to a family member is done prior to entering the Dunn Center, as guests will not be permitted on the floor and there is no storage available for personal items. An email was sent to students earning graduate degrees information about the hooding location and other details. Additional questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance of Graduates at Future Ceremonies: Graduates who cannot attend the ceremony scheduled for their college will be allowed to participate in the University’s fall commencement. Participation in commencement is not a requirement for earning a degree. Students who wish to partiipation in the fall commencement must notify the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com, no later than September 30.
Diplomas: May graduates who completed all required coursework were mailed their diplomas on July 1. Diplomas for August graduates will be ready on Sept. 15, and distribution of those diplomas will be announced at a later date.
Ceremony Webcast: Austin Peay offers a free live webcast of each commencement ceremony. A link to the webcast will be made available on the commencement web page, http://apsu.edu/commencement/commencementinformation/webcast.php, within 24 hours of each ceremony. The ceremonies may also be viewed live on APSU-TV via CDE LIghtband channel 9, Spectrum Cable channel 192, or AT&T Uverse channel 99 and can be heard on WAPX-FM radio, 91.9MHz.
Plans for the ceremonies in August are subject to modification based upon changes in the COVID-19 environment. Any updates about the ceremonies in August will be emailed to participating graduates and posted on the University’s social media accounts and this Commencement webpage.
Diplomas and Cap & Gowns
Due to the large number of graduates and social distancing guidelines, for May graduates, we will be mailing diplomas to your mailing address that is in AP One Stop. Diplomas will be mailed by July 1. All remaining cap and gowns that had not been picked up or were ordered after the university moved to remote operations have been mailed to the address the students submitted when ordering. Diplomas for August graduates will be ready on Sept. 15, and distribution of those diplomas will be announced at a later date. Cap and gowns for August graduates may be ordered here.
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