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Commencement Ceremony

The University of Utah School of Medicine has cancelled the in-person Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2020 due to the Utah System of Higher Education's decision to either postpone or cancel Utah's colleges and universities commencement ceremonies. The School of Medicine will host a virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST over Zoom. Please check back for additional updates. 

To view the 2020 University of Utah School of Medicine Commencement program, please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding the School of Medicine's Virtual Ceremony:

What is a virtual ceremony?
Where will virtual ceremonies be held?
When is my virtual ceremony? Will it be the same day and time as the original schedule?
Did the School of Medicine consult graduating students about changes to the graduation ceremonies?
Will I be able to wear regalia for the virtual graduation?
Can my family view the virtual ceremony?
Is there a limit to how many family members can view the virtual ceremony?
Can my family around the world view the virtual ceremony?
Will the virtual ceremony be available to view at a later date?
How will I receive my diploma?
Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?
I heard there will be an in-person ceremony. What are the details?


What is a virtual ceremony?

Our virtual ceremony will include the traditional program that was scheduled to take place at Kingsbury Hall, including our original speakers. It will take place live via Zoom and will be broadcast via YouTube. All those who wish to view the ceremony, including our graduates, will stream via the YouTube link provided. 

Where will virtual ceremonies be held?

The ceremony will not take place on campus. The speakers participating in the program, as well as the Platform Party, will join in a Zoom meeting from their homes. This meeting will be live-streamed to YouTube where all participants will be able to view the ceremony as it is happening. You can join the live-stream on YouTube by clicking this link: https://youtu.be/VGOS28wACA0 

When is my virtual ceremony? Will it be the same day and time as the original schedule?

The School of Medicine Virtual Commencement Ceremony will take place at the original date and time of Friday May 15, 2020 at 10:00 AM MST.  

Did the School of Medicine consult graduating students about changes to the graduation ceremonies?

Student leaders were consulted about the proposed changes for the virtual Commencement ceremony. We want to ensure graduating students have an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, and we are committed to making this day as memorable as possible.

Will I be able to wear regalia for the virtual graduation?

Graduates are not required to wear regalia as they will not be visible during the ceremony. All speakers and members of the Platform Party who will be in the Zoom meeting will be in full regalia.

Can my family view the virtual ceremony?

Your family and friends can view the live-stream by visiting this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/VGOS28wACA0

Is there a limit to how many family members can view the virtual ceremony?

There is no limit to the number of family members who can view the virtual ceremony.

Can my family around the world view the virtual ceremony?

The virtual ceremony will be available for you and your family to watch live at 10:00 AM MST on Friday May 15, 2020.

Will the virtual ceremony be available to view at a later date?

Past ceremonies are available to view on the School of Medicine website. We will post the virtual ceremony on the same page for you to view at a later date. 

How will I receive my diploma?

Diplomas will be mailed directly to graduating students. More details will be shared directly with the graduates from the Registrar’s Office. 

Do I have to participate in the virtual ceremony?

No, participation in the virtual ceremony will be optional.

I heard there will be an in-person ceremony. What are the details?

Though the University of Utah Main Campus has rescheduled their Commencement Ceremony for December of 2020, the School of Medicine will not be holding an in-person ceremony at a later date. The virtual ceremony will take the place of any in-person ceremony.

Additional Information

Please contact Shawnee Johnson (801-213-1139 or shawnee.johnson@hsc.utah.edu) in the Dean's Office Student Affairs or your department coordinator for any additional information or if you have questions.

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