Spring Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

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Commencement Event Information

Marshall University will hold its rescheduled spring commencement ceremony to honor May 2020 graduates on Saturday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m. at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

The ceremony is scheduled to have an abbreviated program with Jennifer Wells, executive director of Our Future West Virginia, serving as the commencement keynote speaker. An honorary degree will be given to Robert “Bob” Simpson, former interim dean of the Lewis College of Business. Passes for media will be available the week of the event.

Circumstances surrounding the pandemic could result in changes to the rescheduled commencement ceremony. Spring 2020 graduates are encouraged to monitor their official Marshall e-mail accounts or this web page for more details later this summer.

Graduate Instructions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall University is implementing additional procedures for the health and safety of graduates and guests.

  • All attendees will be required to wear masks;
  • Social distancing protocols will be in place with faculty representatives assigned to place graduates at least six feet apart;
  • To minimize the number of attendees, graduates will receive four guest tickets for family members or friends who wish to attend. More details are forthcoming as to when these will be available. Graduates will not need tickets to access the stadium.

Ticket Information

If you are a May 2020 graduate and plan to attend the ceremony and would like tickets, please fill out the form linked below.  The deadline to submit your request is Friday, July 31st.

Request Tickets

Cap and Gown

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Bookstore in the Memorial Student Center.  For more information, please visit https://www.bkstr.com/marshallstore.

Class of 2020 Coins

Four years ago, President Gilbert gifted the Marshall University Class of 2020 with a class coin during Week of Welcome. At the end of Freshman Convocation, President Gilbert challenged you to complete your degree in four years and to bring your coin when you cross the stage during your graduation ceremony. You are the very first class to celebrate with a commemorative coin and so we ask if you still have your coin, please bring it to commencement. Please note, the University does not have additional coins for those who may have lost them.

Commencement Speaker

Jennifer Wells-Executive Director of Our Future West Virginia

Event Parking


Live Stream

The Commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the Web for guests who are not able to attend. The link will be available at www.marshall.edu/it/livestream.

Event Photos and Videos

University Communications will be taking candid photographs throughout the ceremony. Those photos will be available for free download through this site after the ceremony. View photos and video from previous Commencement events below.

Professional Graduation Photos

The professional photographer (Legacy Photos) will email proof information to graduates a few days after the ceremony. Purchase of photographs is entirely optional.

Diploma Covers

Diploma covers are presented to students at the Commencement ceremony.


For questions regarding Commencement, please contact commencement@marshall.edu.

Winter Commencement 2019 Program

You may download the 2019 Winter Commencement Program here Winter Commencement 2019 Program

Commencement Program Archive