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Spring 2020 Commencement postponed

Published April 2, 2020

University of Louisiana Monroe President Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D., announced the postponement of Spring 2020 Commencement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The ceremony is tentatively rescheduled for Aug. 8, 2020.

Bruno sent the following email to students: 

It is with a heavy heart I have to announce that we will be postponing the spring commencement ceremony that was scheduled for May 16, 2020.

The postponement of the graduation ceremony will not hinder your ability to secure employment or take licensure exams. Degrees will still be conferred on May 16th to spring 2020 graduating seniors that have successfully completed all coursework and degree requirements. Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates within four to six weeks after degree conferral to the address students used when applying for graduation.

This was not an easy decision to make, but the health and safety of our campus community is our top priority, and the situation has evolved such that proceeding with the commencement ceremony as planned would not be possible.

The spring commencement ceremony will be held tentatively August 8, 2020.  A combined ceremony with summer 2020 graduates will be planned and organized by the university’s Commencement committee. This decision was made with input from graduating seniors through a survey distributed by your Student Government Association president, Olivia Bailey, and the university’s Commencement committee. 

I know this is disappointing for our seniors that were eagerly looking forward to walking across the stage and celebrating the conclusion of your hard work and the completion of your academic goal. I am also disappointed that I will not be able to participate in my last commencement as ULM’s President, but I too will celebrate your achievement with you.   

Thank you for your perseverance and understanding during this unprecedented time.


Nick J. Bruno, Ph.D.