Commencement celebrations rescheduled, degrees still awarded in August and December

July 16, 2020

On behalf of Bowling Green State University, our faculty and staff, and our more than 190,000 living alumni, we congratulate you on completing your degree in August – a significant milestone. Please take a moment to view my video message regarding commencement plans for this summer.

I know your time at BGSU ended in a way no one could have imagined. While you will finish your final weeks as a student online, it is our hope you had a meaningful and productive experience at Bowling Green State University.

These are challenging times. Every day, we are learning more about this virus. Given the recent health orders and guidance from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, along with our commitment to following the science, we must reschedule our August in-person commencement ceremonies in the best interest of the public health.

We also recognize that the December commencement exercises face similar challenges. Bringing together a large group back to our campus, at an enclosed indoor facility, with visitors and students across the nation, does not meet the health and safety expectation we have for BGSU. We must also reschedule our December ceremonies as well.

While these exercises are delayed, they are not canceled. When we do host in-person commencement ceremonies, you will have an invitation to participate. We remain committed that the Class of 2020 deserves the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments. We plan to do just that in May 2021.

Until then, we plan to virtually celebrate with our summer graduates and their families and friends on Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. Even though the commencement event will be rescheduled, your degree will be awarded in August, upon completion of your academic requirements at the conclusion of the semester.

I will be sharing this announcement with our University community later today, but I believe you should hear it from me first.

As president and as a BGSU alumnus, I want to emphasize, like we did in May, we did not take these decisions lightly. Your health and safety remain a top priority. I look forward to seeing you on the commencement stage in the spring. Above all, please know that Bowling Green will always be your home.

Ay Ziggy Zoomba!


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Rodney K. Rogers, Ph.D.