Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Marshall University will hold its winter commencement virtually on Saturday, December 12.

Given this decision, we have decided to waive 60% of the commencement fee for these graduates. This means associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates will pay $20 for their commencement fees instead of $50, and doctoral degree candidates will pay $40 instead of $100. Certificate students will pay $6 instead of $15.

If you have already applied for graduation and paid your fee, the amount will be refunded to your student account. If you have not yet applied, the amount due when you complete your application for graduation will be adjusted to reflect the discount.

If you have any questions about the commencement fee, please contact

Two separate ceremonies, one at 9 a.m. and the other at noon, will recognize the university’s graduates from Spring and Summer 2020 and Winter 2020, respectively.  Both events will be livestreamed at  Individual student names will be read at each ceremony.

  • 9 a.m. ceremony

The graduation exercise, celebrating Spring 2020 graduates, will have an abbreviated program.  An honorary degree will be given to Robert “Bob” Simpson, former interim dean of the Lewis College of Business.

  • Noon ceremony

The noon ceremony, recognizing Summer 2020 and Winter 2020 graduates, will have an abbreviated program.  A posthumous honorary degree will be given to jazz great Ellis Marsalis. Mr. Marsalis died in April and was to have been honored at a previous commencement which was cancelled because of COVID-19.

Help us say congratulations to our graduates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #MarshallGrad2020!

Countdown to Commencement

Countdown to Commencement, an event geared toward providing students with a one stop shop for graduation, will move its information online.  Further information regarding December’s commencement and pre-commencement responsibilities can be found in the video below.

Countdown to Commencement

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, have it with you at the livestream. Please note, the University does not have additional coins for those who may have lost them.

Live Stream

The commencement ceremonies will be streamed live on the web for guests. The link will be available at

Diploma Covers

Diploma covers will be available for pick up at the Office of the Registrar once degrees are awarded in January.


For questions regarding Commencement, please contact

Past Event Photos and Videos

View photos and video from previous Commencement events.