Kutztown University May 2020 Commencement Updates

August 28, 2020

Dear KU Spring 2020 Graduates,

Greetings! The date for the postponed spring commencement ceremony is getting near, and we wanted to provide you with a brief update.

We all hoped to have the desired in-person commencement ceremony on campus on Saturday, Oct. 3. However, the inability to have large in-person gatherings has forced us to offer a virtual ceremony on the same date. Graduates will receive email updates in the weeks ahead with information on viewing the ceremony, which will include the official confirming of degrees by President Hawkinson, Provost Zayaitz, and the college deans. Information will also be posted on the KU Commencement website and the KU Commencement Facebook page. 

We plan to honor our graduates by including your names in the abbreviated ceremony. We also want to feature your cap and gown photos through a special video collage on the commencement page.

Please send your cap and gown photos to University Relations no later than Monday, Sept. 14.  

You may submit your photos to the form at the following link (you will need to login with your KU credentials to access the form):

If you have difficulty accessing the form, email your name, major and photo to

While we have no final decision on our December ceremony for fall graduates, Spring 2020 graduates are invited to join us to walk at the next in-person KU Commencement Ceremony.

We are disappointed that we cannot gather in person this fall, but we continue take pride in the challenges our class of 2020 overcame to persevere in earning their degrees.

Best wishes, and we hope you will be a part of our viewership on Saturday, Oct. 3, as we celebrate your great accomplishments.


Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson

Kutztown University

May 21, 2020

After conducting a survey of our graduating seniors, we learned that they would like to have their own rescheduled commencement ceremony in the fall.

As a reminder, the ability to hold large gatherings the size of a commencement would be contingent on the status of our campus as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will not know about that status until later in the summer.

With this in mind, we have reserved the weekend of Oct. 2-3, for our rescheduled 2020 Spring Commencement. The graduate ceremony is scheduled for Friday evening, Oct. 2, and undergraduate ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3. We will provide a more detailed schedule and keep you posted on developments in the weeks ahead.

If we are unable to gather in the early fall, we would eye our traditional December commencement to honor our 2020 spring and fall graduates. We will make every effort to honor our spring graduates with their own ceremony at that time. The December commencement is scheduled to be held Dec. 11-12.

May 9, 2020

This week, Kutztown University will celebrate the class of 2020 virtually on what would have been its commencement weekend.

April 22, 2020


Students who are eligible to graduate this semester can now begin purchasing their regalia online at, and have it shipped to their home. Students will receive an invitation to attend the rescheduled commencement ceremony, once that date is determined. Those who RSVP to the invitation will receive their guest tickets in the mail.

March 25, 2020

Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

We know that our commencement ceremony is an important event for the KU campus community including our students, family/friends, faculty, staff and alumni.

At this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the health and safety of our campus community for the formal May commencement ceremonies to be rescheduled for a later date, most likely during the fall semester.

I know this is disappointing news to our seniors, who have already lost the final weeks of their on-campus experience. I assure you we will consider all options to give our graduates and their families a time to celebrate the honor of earning a college degree in person, and on campus.

Further updates, including cap and gown information, will be announced at a later date on the commencement website, email and university social media.

Students who are eligible will officially graduate when their degree requirements are verified after the spring semester ends. We anticipate mailing diplomas to students, as usual, before August.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.


 Dr. Kenneth S. Hawkinson
Kutztown University

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

Eleanor Roosevelt
Important Dates

Friday, October 9, 2020:  Last day for Undergraduate and Graduate students to apply for Fall 2020 graduation.

If you have not completed the application to graduate, log on to "MyKU" and click on "KU Academic Services" and then click on the link: "Apply for Graduation" and follow the prompts. For questions regarding graduation eligibility or the application process, contact one of the following individuals:

Graduation Festival has been postponed. Further updates will be announced at a later date on this website, by email, and on university social media.

Hosted by KUSSI in the Multipurpose Room of the McFarland Student Union, the Graduation Festival provides KU students with a convenient way to access commencement information, tickets, purchase academic regalia (cap and gown) at a discount, rings, announcements and more.

If you have questions, please contact the KUSSI Service Center in the McFarland Student Union, Room 171, or by calling 610-683-4090. 

Maroon graduation cap with KU written on top and class gift written underneath the cap

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and finishing your degree! Given the challenges you've faced and overcome these past two semesters, you now deserve to kick back and celebrate this massive accomplishment! Show your Golden Bear pride by making a gift to support future KU students, and we'll do something special for your class to ensure that even after this semester ends, you #StayGolden.

You may not realize it, but a lot of the great experiences you had at KU were available because alumni, parents and friends of the university cared enough to support your education and interests. They funded scholarships, technology, professional experience grants, work-spaces, research, and so much more.

To say congratulations on graduating, the Kutztown University Foundation has installed a commemorative Class of 2020 2'x2' brick, the first of it's kind for class gift campaign's at KU, in the Alumni Plaza.


  • You can choose to make a gift at whatever level you are financially comfortable with! We suggest $20.20 in honor of your class year. However, any amount makes a difference!

  • As stated above, the KU Foundation has installed a commemorative Class of 2020 2'x2' brick, the first of it's kind for class gift campaign's at KU, in Alumni Plaza.


  • Become an Advocate (sign and share the page) to make sure that support for KU goes as far and wide as our community can spread it!

  • Upload a Personal Plea video encouraging your classmates to give. Even one Personal Plea can generate widespread support through your network.

It's our way to say thank you for your commitment to #StayGolden and your way to show how passionate you are about supporting the Golden Bear experience. Class gift donors will even be recognized during commencement. 


This year, we are asking seniors to donate to "Bears Band Together." Like you may be experiencing, incoming and current underclassmen are continuing to face huge challenges during this time. We are asking you to direct your donation to the Bears Band Together fund, which will help to offset many of these unexpected expenses for the entire KU community. As many students continue to face unexpected financial hardships like the loss of employment, we anticipate to still see an increase in requests for this kind of funding in the near future. Your support is appreciated by not only the University and Foundation but also those students who desperately need assistance now more than ever.

You also have the opportunity to support any of the four major colleges, the KU Annual Fund and KU Athletics, if you choose to change your designation. During this time, we have opened additional gift designation areas for your class gift. I’m pleased to offer you the option to make a gift to areas that support these needs, including the Multicultural Center, Women’s Center General Fund, and LGBTQ+ Resource Center. You can even split your designation between the Bears Band Together fund and another above option of your choosing!


You can donate online anytime or mail a check to the KU Foundation directly. You can even use leftover Bears Bucks to make your gift! Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement Offices, 15197 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530.


Yes, yes and yes! Every gift matters. When we add your gift to those of your classmates, we should raise over $10,000 to support your fellow students if everyone gave just a little!


Any updates for the 2020 Class Gift campaign will be posted directly on this page. However, you can visit the websites and also follow the social media accounts below for more additional updates as well as many other exciting events and initiatives still to come!