Commencement 2020

Class of 2020

Transylvania University looks forward to welcoming our Class of 2020 back to campus with an in-person ceremony that meets state public health guidelines and provides a safe environment for our graduates and guests. Participants must RSVP in order to join the celebration. The RSVP form was emailed to members of the Class of 2020 and can also be found below.

For planning purposes only and to ensure appropriate physical distancing at each ceremony, graduates will each receive four (4) general admission guest tickets for the outdoor ceremony. Should the ceremony be moved inside due to rain, each graduate will have two (2) general admission rain tickets to distribute to guests. Moving the ceremony inside will be necessary only if there is inclement weather on the ceremony day; that decision will be made on the morning of the ceremony. Graduates may pick up both sets of guest tickets on campus the week of May 17 or we can mail your tickets to you (the option is available on the RSVP form).

The Commencement ceremony will be streamed live for family and friends to watch from home. In addition, a recording of the ceremony will be posted for people to watch at their leisure.

In order to comply with public health guidance and to protect the health and safety of all in attendance, we ask that all Commencement ceremony attendees follow these Healthy at Transy protocols:

  • Attendees are encouraged to be masked when on campus, especially if they have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. This includes graduates and all guests. Those not comfortable at a large event should enjoy the live-stream or recorded versions of the ceremony from the comfort of their home.
  • All attendees must follow physical distancing guidelines on campus. This includes not moving ceremony chairs and keeping appropriate distance between themselves and others not in their household.

SATURDAY, MAY 22, 2021

Commencement Celebration
9 a.m.
Old Morrison Lawn
Smart casual attire (academic regalia optional)
Guest tickets required (all tickets are general admission)
Rain location: Haggin Auditorium (masks and rain tickets required)
High-resolution, professional photographs of each graduate crossing the stage will be available for free download following the ceremony. Check back here for a link to access these photos.

Ceremony Livestream and Recording
A livestream of the ceremony will be available here – please check back here for the link which will be active the morning of the ceremony. We will also post a recording of the ceremony here following the ceremony.

Guest Tickets
Members of the Class of 2020 can pick up their four (4) guest tickets and two (2) rain tickets between Monday, May 17, and Friday, May 21, in the Registrar’s Office on the first floor of Old Morrison between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Grads must present an ID to claim their tickets. They can also designate someone else to pick their tickets up for them or make alternate arrangements by contacting

Complimentary parking can be found around the Transylvania University campus. Note that a permit is not required on the ceremony day and guests may park in any open lot on campus. The lot at the corner of 4th Street and Upper will be reserved for disabled parking. If you require access to disabled parking, please click on the link above to request it.

2020 Senior Student-Athletes
If you have not picked up your awards from last year, including senior awards, these will be available to you immediately following the ceremony under the Transy Athletic tent nearest the MFA Building.

Gratz Perk Open
Our coffee shop will be open in the Glenn Building adjacent to the ceremony site where you can purchase regular, decaf, and iced coffee; Pepsi products; donuts; fruit cups; and yogurt cups. Should the ceremony be moved into Haggin Auditorium due to rain, Gratz Perk will remain closed.

Please direct questions to the Office of the Academic Dean:

Transylvania University held a public virtual commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 on May 23, 2020. More information on how to view the celebration is below.

Alma Mater

“Hail, Transylvania!”

Hail, Transylvania, thine own are we,
Our hearts in loyal love we pledge to thee;
True to thy crimson flag thro’ all our days,
Hail, Transylvania! we sing thy praise.

First in the West to rise, seeker of truth,
May He who guides above renew thy youth;
Far thro’ the coming years, firm in the right,
Hail, Transylvania! pass on thy light.