Utah State University 134th Commencement

Connect With Us Remotely
No matter where you go, we really aren’t that far away. Contact our office remotely at (435) 797-8915 or commencement@usu.edu. We are available Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm MST.

In-Person Guests at Graduation Ceremonies

All in-person guests at the graduation ceremonies must wear a mask. Because of the size of the event and the crowds that will be present, all attendees will be expected to wear a mask.  Those who are unable to wear a mask will be able to view the ceremony virtually.

University Commencement Ceremony (Virtual)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 7:00 p.m.

The Commencement Ceremony will be broadcast the evening of May 5. This will include the awarding of honorary degrees, announcement of university-wide faculty awards, and Commencement speeches.

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Commencement Speaker: Julie Ann Robinson

Honorary Degrees:

  • Julie Ann Robinson
  • Linda S. Daines
  • Karen W. Morse

Graduation Ceremonies (In Person)

Utah State University is pleased and excited to be able to celebrate the class of 2020-21 graduates in person with many college and campus graduation ceremonies.  Please see the Logan Campus and Statewide Campuses Schedule pages for the list of events, links to the Live Broadcasts, and links to the ceremony recordings.

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Candidates for Bachelor's/Associate Degrees

To participate in commencement events, a student must have filed an Application for Graduation with the Registrar's office (TSC 246) by February 28, 2021 and be a graduate (or anticipated graduate) of Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 terms. Summer 2021 graduates are part of the class of 2021-22 and may "walk" early when approved by their college. Students must have submitted an RSVP to attend their live graduation ceremony. For specific ceremony information, students may contact their college rep on the Logan Campus Schedule page or their campus rep on the Statewide Campuses Schedule page.

Candidates for Master's and Doctoral Degrees

Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees should already have completed all paperwork for the appropriate degree. Depending on whether a student is on Plan A, B, C, or a doctoral candidate, varying processes and paperwork exist which signal program completion and qualification for commencement participation. Students should visit the Graduate School website for Commencement Deadlines. This will help identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for students to participate in commencement and have their name appear in the printed commencement program. Students should also visit the Semester Deadlines to identify the deadlines and necessary steps required for degree completion and have their degree posted to their transcript. If further clarification is required, please email gradcommencement@usu.edu.

Graduate Hooding

Candidates for master's and doctoral degrees will be hooded in private ceremonies. Information will be sent via email. Additionally, students must have submitted an RSVP to attend the graduation ceremonies. 

Candidates will receive a video link in mid-April with instructions and a demonstration of how to perform a proper hooding. We then encourage students to invite individuals who are meaningful in their daily interactions to safely perform the hooding. This is a unique opportunity for students to share this honor and meaningful moment with those who have been supportive throughout their journey. 

Academic Regalia

Participants in the ceremony should wear authorized caps and gowns. Commencement apparel is available to buy from the USU Campus Store. Your cap and gown can be purchased at the Logan Graduation Fair or online through the USU Campus Store. See details on the schedule page. Candidates for degrees wear the black mortarboard with a tassel that is a color distinctive of the degree being received.

Regalia is provided for many statewide campus ceremonies. If you plan to attend at USU Eastern or USU Blanding, you must purchase your own regalia through the campus store or online. Contact your statewide campus for regalia information specific to your campus.  Contact information can be found on the Statewide Campuses Schedule page.

Please wear the prescribed academic costume that corresponds to your degree. Each part of the regalia has a traditional meaning specific to your major field, Utah State University, and higher education. Graduate degree candidates are asked to come to graduation ceremonies in full regalia.

Stoles and Cultural Heritage Adornments

Objects of cultural significance are also welcome as approved regalia for ceremonies. Students may choose to wear stoles offered by professional organizations or academic societies in their field-of-study. Students should contact these organizations directly to inquire about the availability and ordering of professional stoles.

Tassel Colors

Bachelor's Degrees

College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
Light Blue
Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services
S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources
Caine College of the Arts
College of Engineering
College of Science
Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Integrated Studies Bachelor's, Associate Degrees & Certificates

Integrated Studies Bachelor's Degrees, Associate Degrees, and Certificates

School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies

Diplomas and Diploma Covers

Graduates who participate in live Commencement events will receive a diploma cover.  Summer and fall 2020 graduates have previously received their diplomas in the mail. Diplomas will be mailed to Spring 2021 graduates approximately six weeks after the end of the semester when grades have been verified and degrees conferred. These will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation packet. All 2020-21 graduates should make sure that both their preferred address and their diploma address in Banner are correct. Students can update the address in Banner and then should inform the Registrar’s Office via email at registrar@usu.edu.

Summer Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the summer semester are part of the next graduating class (e.g. someone completing summer 2020 is part of the class of 2020-21). 

Fall Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the fall semester are part of the next graduating class (e.g. someone completing fall 2020 is part of the class of 2020-21). 

Spring Graduates

Students who complete their degree requirements and have applied for graduation for the spring semester are part of that year’s graduating class (e.g. someone completing spring 2021 will be part of the class of 2020-21). They should plan to participate in the spring Commencement that corresponds with their graduation term.


Questions regarding your diploma should be sent to registrar@usu.edu. Questions regarding Commencement Ceremonies and Celebrations should be sent to commencement@usu.edu.

Class of 2020 Update

Like other universities and colleges, USU was forced to cancel its 2020 commencement ceremony in the weeks after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States last year. The class of 2020 will be provided an opportunity to return to USU to celebrate at a later date, as the risk of traveling to Logan at this time is still too great.

The university will communicate with 2020 graduates through email or mail later in the year, so please make sure you keep your contact information up to date at Alumni Update.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

For information on sign language interpreting, accessible parking, and wheelchair access, contact the Disability Resource Center at (435) 797-2444.