Quinnipiac postpones Commencement ceremonies


ear 2020 graduates and families,

Commencement is a joyous and momentous occasion for all of you, and for all of us at QU who love traveling the journey with you. It’s an unforgettable milestone – and in some ways a rite of passage – that is the culmination of years of hard work, discipline and commitment, and many lifelong friendships formed among fellow students, faculty and staff.

Let me assure you — we intend to hold an in-person Commencement at a future date. However, because of the coronavirus and uncertainty it has introduced, we are postponing the date of Commencement 2020. This decision is also based upon CDC guidelines and the recommendation of Connecticut’s governor to limit public gatherings and travel outside the home.  

We do not yet know the new date for Commencement 2020 because there are simply too many uncertainties about the duration and persistence of the virus. That said, I want to provide you with clarity about our commitment to still hold an in-person event, at a time when uncertainty has ruled much of your daily lives. We will give you adequate notice so that you will be able to plan your travel and schedule. Whether it has to be summer or fall, I want nothing more than to see each one of you and your families back at Quinnipiac.

In the coming weeks, we also will provide additional details about the official conferral of degrees upon the successful completion of your academics for the spring semester. While the ceremony recognizing your achievements through Commencement may not occur until later in the year, many of you will be heading into the workforce or to graduate studies at the end of this semester. We want to make sure you have the proper transcripts and copy of your degree for your next exciting chapter as a lifelong Bobcat.

Thank you for the continued strength, determination and resilience you have shown these past couple of weeks. The inspiring and heartfelt emails, social media posts and stories I have observed have left me in awe of the power and connectedness of our Bobcat family. If you haven’t already seen this video created by our own Student Government Association, I think it says it all.

Be safe, be #BobcatStrong, and I look forward to seeing you on the new date for Commencement 2020 to celebrate the awesome accomplishments of our college graduates.

Be well,

Judy Olian, President
Quinnipiac University