Georgia Tech will recognize its Spring 2020 graduates with an online celebration on Friday, May 1, and an in-person ceremony on campus later this year.
The uncertain evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult to set a specific date for the in-person ceremony. The target time frame is the end of the summer semester. Should that not be possible, the end of fall semester will be considered for the in-person ceremony. There will be as much notice as possible given so you can make plans to attend at that time.
The virtual celebration will engage the entire community in congratulating graduates on their academic achievement. The event will begin at noon with a welcome from the president and deans and will continue throughout the day with student interviews, messages from faculty, staff, and alumni, and opportunities for sharing on social media. Updates to this page will offer ways to virtually celebrate and participate.
"All of us at Georgia Tech have a deep sense of admiration for our graduating class, among other reasons because we know very well how much it takes to get there. Our graduates deserve to be recognized for this momentous achievement, which means so much to them and to their families,” said President Ángel Cabrera.
Our online celebration does not replace our Commencement exercises but will help mark the completion of a journey.
I hope every graduate will consider returning to campus when we stage a live ceremony later this year, as public health guidelines permit.”
Spring 2020 FAQs
Frequently asked questions from Spring 2020 graduates.
In light of efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the University System of Georgia made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel or postpone all spring activities on USG campuses. This includes commencement ceremonies. I therefore need to share with you that Georgia Tech will not hold its Spring Commencement ceremonies that were planned for May 1-2, 2020. Students scheduled to graduate will still earn their degrees and receive their diplomas, consistent with academic standards.
I realize how disappointing this is for those of you scheduled to graduate. You have worked hard toward the goal of earning your diploma from Georgia Tech and celebrating with your family and friends. Our commencement ceremonies are cherished traditions that go back well over a century and are symbolic of all that we stand for at Georgia Tech. These are, however, unprecedented times requiring unprecedented actions.
While we won’t have Commencement in May, we will be creatively considering other options to celebrate our spring graduates. We will communicate that information as soon as it is available. We also have a Q&A on the Commencement site.
Thank you once again for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these challenging times. Every day I am inspired by the creativity and talent in our community, by the acts of generosity, courage, and responsibility all around us. Solutions, big and small, are beginning to emerge to help us deal with this health threat. And many of those solutions will be coming from our own students and alumni. While we are practicing social distancing, we are standing together in purpose, vision, and in caring for one another. Our mission of Progress and Service was never more needed.
President, Georgia Institute of Technology