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Virtual Commencement Celebration Info

July 23, 2020
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Spr17Friday34Sam Houston State University will hold a virtual commencement Saturday, August 1 at 1 p.m. to honor the 2020 spring and summer graduates. The university decided to move commencement to a virtual format after Texas experienced a resurgence in positive COVID-19 cases in late June.

President Dana Hoyt will preside over and confer degrees during the celebration, which will feature General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) delivering the keynote address to the graduates from his home studio.

“Celebrating graduation is more important than ever because it will bring all of us together,” President Hoyt said.

The virtual celebration will be live-streamed at A pre-show celebrating the SHSU Class of 2020 and featuring images of the campus community will begin at 12:30 p.m. This will lead to the official program start at 1 p.m. CST to honor our Class of 2020.

The ceremony will incorporate many of the time-honored traditions associated with in-person commencements, along with some new ones. The virtual commencement celebration is estimated to run approximately 30 minutes and then will be followed by individual college programs, which include the reading of individual graduates’ names.

Family and friends are invited to watch and graduates are encouraged to share their experience live on social media during the streaming program using #SHSU20.

Once it is safe to do so, all 2020 graduates will be invited back to campus to so the university may recognize their accomplishments, individually and as a class, when in-person commencement resumes.  

For more information and a list of frequently asked questions, visit


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