An Update from President Rogers

BGSU is pleased to share that we are exploring in-person commencement exercises for this spring. We certainly know a lot more about this virus today than at the onset of this global pandemic. Assuming that COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to decline and vaccine distribution continues to increase, we are going to find a way forward. Our in-person commencement exercises will look and feel differently this spring. These ceremonies will be unlike any other.



Please continue to check your BGSU email and the commencement website for future updates.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please email

In light of current restrictions on public gatherings, we are not able to set a date at this time. However, the University is fully committed to celebrating in person when it safe and practical to do so.

When we do host in-person commencement ceremonies, both 2020 and spring 2021 graduates will have an invitation to participate. Please continue to check your BGSU email and the commencement website for future updates.

Any plans regarding in-person ceremonies will include the class of 2020, as well as our spring 2021 graduates. Please continue to check your BGSU email and the commencement website for future updates.

Caps, gowns and other graduation items are available for purchase online from Falcon Outfitters and in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Items can also be purchased online from Jostens, the exclusive supplier of gradation products for BGSU. Falcon Outfitters also carries graduation merchandise such as personalized announcements, diploma frames and class rings.

If you have further questions regarding Falcon Outfitters merchandise or services, please call 419-372-2851 or toll free 866-517-9766.

Upon verification of completion of degree requirements, a notification to claim a digital version of the diploma will be sent to the graduate’s BGSU email within 1-3 weeks after graduation.  Printed diplomas will be sent to each graduate approximately 3-6 weeks following graduation.

Please note that transcripts will not be available until 3 weeks after graduation, provided you have completed all degree requirements.

Each degree candidate is confirmed by the candidate’s academic college. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all degree requirements are fulfilled via their MyBGSU degree audit. Colleges may communicate via BGSU email regarding outstanding requirements that would delay the confirmation of a degree.

Please direct diploma questions to or the Office of Registration and Records at 419-372-8441.

Archived pages for Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 graduates are available to view. Each page includes the virtual celebration, graduate name videos, commencement program and messages from BGSU alumni.


As you celebrate your big day, we’ve put together digital fun to help you show your Falcon pride.


Share your experience on social media with the hashtags #BGSUGrad

"We are linked to this institution by invisible bonds that do not wither or dissolve."

- Dr. Ralph W. McDonald, BGSU President, 1958


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