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Thursday, July 2, 2020

UVU Commencement 2020 Update

Utah Valley University will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a historic graduation event that combines innovative and engaging celebratory elements with the traditions of the university’s ceremonial commencement while still adhering to social distancing guidelines. The unique August 19 festivities will allow for appropriate COVID-19 health and safety precautions and open up new opportunities for celebrating UVU’s largest graduating class. 

“The goal is to honor the graduates of 2020 with a celebration that is worthy of the grit and determination that they have exhibited to arrive at this moment of achievement,” said President Astrid S. Tuminez. “The COVID-19 pandemic has limited our ability to gather in traditional ways, but it hasn’t changed our desire to recognize these remarkable students. We are excited to provide a safe, creative, high-energy commencement, unlike any other in the state.”

The event will begin at 5 p.m. as graduates, their families, and friends are invited to the graduates’ respective college or school’s unique “drive-thru” convocation. The format will highlight each student with the graduates’ names individually announced as they move to the curb in front of a UVU backdrop to receive a diploma cover from their respective college or school dean. The convocations will occur simultaneously by college and school in multiple parking lots across the UVU campus. 

Immediately following the “drive-thru” convocation, there will be a “drive-in” commencement celebration where graduates and guests will enjoy the festivities from the comfort of their vehicles — decorated to show Wolverine spirit. The unique commencement event will begin with pre-show entertainment, as well as a historic UVU flyover featuring the university’s renowned aviation team. The pre-show will also be streamed from a main outdoor stage to multiple large LED movie screens and heard on a dedicated FM radio station.

The commencement program will feature the traditional bagpipe music from the Payson High School Pipe and Drum and culminate with an inspiring keynote address by Gail Miller, owner and chairwoman of the Board of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies. The festivities will end with fireworks. Other exciting details will be announced in the coming weeks. 

Graduates will also have several photo opportunities at numerous locations on campus throughout the evening. 

All graduates desiring to participate in these celebrations are required to register. The free and simple registration can be done online at uvu.edu/graduation before August 1, 2020. If a graduate has already registered for the August ceremonies, they do not need to register again. 

Caps and gowns are available for purchase at Jostens through July 27 and during Grad Fest on August 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Grad Fest is your one-stop grad shop for all graduation regalia (cap, gown, tassel, etc.) and memorabilia (announcements, diploma frames, zipper pulls, apparel, and more from the UVU Bookstore & Alumni). All graduates desiring to attend Grad Fest must sign up for a time slot at uvualumni.org/gradfest2020

“This is a celebration of our students and for our students,” said Kevin Walkenhorst, senior director of UVU alumni relations. “We want to give them the opportunity to enjoy the recognition that they deserve.” 

Additional details and plans about this special edition of Utah Valley University commencement and convocations will be made available to students through the Graduation Office and at uvu.edu/graduation.