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Commencement 

Austin Peay State University will host seven commencement ceremonies to honor the University’s December and May graduates. The COVID-19 pandemic caused Austin Peay officials to re-examine how the University can follow national and local health standards while also recognizing the accomplishments of its students. The answer was to host more events with fewer people. 

Ceremonies for December graduates are scheduled on Tuesday, May 4th, and Wednesday, May 5th. Ceremonies for May graduates are scheduled on Thursday, May 6th, and Friday, May 7th. A detailed schedule is provided below.

Tuesday, May 4

4 p.m.

Ceremony for December 2020 Graduates from all Colleges

Students signed up for the ceremony they preferred

 

Wednesday, May 5

4 p.m.

Ceremony for December 2020 Graduates from all Colleges

Students signed up for the ceremony they preferred

Thursday, May 6  

4 p.m.

College of Graduate Studies

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

  • Health and Human Performance
  • Psychological Sciences and Counseling
  • Nursing

Thursday, May 6

7 p.m.

College of Graduate Studies

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

  • Criminal Justice
  • Leadership and Organizational Administration
  • Political Science
  • Public Management
  • Sociology
  • Social Work

Friday, May 7

9 a.m.

College of Graduate Studies

College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Friday, May 7

1 p.m.

College of Graduate Studies

College of Arts and Letters

Friday, May 7

4 p.m.

College of Graduate Studies

College of Business

Eriksson College of Education

 

Please note: In order to create as safe an environment as possible, everyone attending Commencement will be required to follow the University’s COVID-19 guidelines. To attend the ceremony in person, all university employees, graduates and guests (three years and older) must wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth while inside the Dunn Center. A face shield may be worn in addition to a face mask, but not as a replacement for a face mask. Guest seating will be limited to ensure social distancing, and each graduate will be provided with four tickets to distribute to guests. Every guest entering the Dunn Center, regardless of age, must have a ticket and must sit in their designated seat. Guests are not permitted on the floor of the Dunn Center before, during, or after the ceremony. The ceremonies will be shortened to limit time indoors, but each attending graduate will be recognized by name as the graduate walks across the stage.


These plans are subject to modification based upon changes in the COVID-19 environment. 

student proudly holding diploma in the air

 

Diplomas and Cap & Gowns

Diplomas for May 2021 graduates will be ready on July 5, 2021, and distribution of those diplomas will be announced at a later date.  Cap and gowns for May graduates may be ordered Here to be delivered directly to the student. 

 

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