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Spring 2020 Virtual Commencement

May 8, 2020 - 10:00 AM

FERPA Notice For Graduating Students

Students who have a FERPA restriction on their records will be excluded from the Commencement Booklet and any Virtual Commencement Ceremonies. Should you wish to be included, you must provide consent in writing to the Office of the Registrar, at least 3 weeks prior to the last day to apply for graduation for the term. You may also remove your FERPA restriction on-line through your MyFIU account by the deadline to apply for graduation for the term.

Please visit the FIU FERPA website for more information.

Summer Virtual Commencement Digital Invitation

FIU Grad Printable Yard Sign

Download and print an FIU college graduate yard sign! The 10" X 8" can be printed at home and displayed on a front door/window, while the other two sizes can be printed at select UPS and FedEx store locations that can produce yard signs.

Commencement Update 

Dear Class of 2020,

Summer Virtual Commencement will take place on Sunday, August 2nd at 2 p.m.

Many of you have been asking questions regarding commencement. Please see below for a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding virtual commencement and other options.

  • If I participate in the Virtual Commencement can I still participate in a traditional ceremony in the summer or fall?
    Yes! All summer graduates will be able to participate in both the virtual ceremony along with a traditional ceremony in the fall. We are creating additional commencements in the fall semesters so that summer graduates have the opportunity to graduate with their fellow seniors/cohorts, etc. These ceremonies will be separate ceremonies specifically for summer seniors, not just adding them into the planned fall commencements. You will still be given your moment, along with your fellow classmates, to share and celebrate this experience. 
  • When will the fall commencement dates be announced?
    We are closely following the COVID-19 safety guidelines mandated by the state. The dates for Fall Commencement are TBD.
  • What if I can’t attend a traditional ceremony in the fall?
    We understand that not all students can attend in-person ceremonies but may still want a picture with President Rosenberg. If you can’t attend a traditional ceremony in the fall, after the pandemic has subsided and it is safe to return to the university, President Rosenberg will make himself available for a photo opportunity with the graduate, taken in regalia, to commemorate the occasion. 
  • Can graduates still purchase regalia, class ring, and graduation merchandise?
    Herff Jones has established an online store for those who would like to purchase regalia and/or a class ring and is offering free shipping within the United States to personal or business addresses. This option is available to all FIU students who still wish to order their grad gear. Any unopened, unused product can be returned – details at Additionally, graduates can purchase FIU mementos and merchandise online through Barnes & Noble at – also with free domestic ground shipping on all purchases.
  • How will Virtual Commencement work?

    On August 2nd at 2 p.m., the Virtual Ceremonies will launch on the vendor’s website. You will be able to watch at any time after 2 p.m. Each school will have their own ceremony. You will be able to click on your college’s ceremony, and watch the President’s and Dean’s remarks, and graduate slides that will contain the name of the graduate, degree, and a photo and/or video they submit.

    There will also be a search bar under the ceremony video where graduates can search up their name and receive a 45 second clip unique to them. The clip will include footage of the university, a quick message from President Rosenberg, and their graduate slide.

  • Can I download the clip and share it with my family and social media?
    Yes! Once downloaded, you will be able to keep the clip and share it with your loved ones.
  • How do we submit a photo and video for the virtual ceremony?
    In the next coming days, graduates will receive an email from the FIU Commencement Team with the link to submit their photo and/or video.
  • How do I register for Virtual Commencement?
    You do not need to register for Virtual Commencement like you did for the traditional ceremony. You will just need to submit your photo and/or video through the link the Commencement Team will be sending in the next coming days.
  • What is the cutoff date to apply for graduation in order to participate in the Virtual Commencement?
    So long as the graduate applied for graduation by May 22, 2020, they will be part of the Virtual Ceremony.
  • What if I don’t submit a photo and/or video?
    If you do not submit a photo and/or video, you will still be part of the ceremony and have your own slide. The photo that will be used will be your FIU One Card photo. You will still also receive your unique 45 second clip. *This does not apply to students with FERPA designation.*
  • What type of photo should I submit?
    We recommend you submit a headshot or even your best selfie!
  • What should I say in my video and how long should it be?
    We recommend you express your gratitude to those who helped you get to this memorable moment and your love for FIU! The video should be no longer than 15 seconds. Don’t forget to show your Panther Pride!

If you have any further questions, please email

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.


The Commencement Team

Why Attend Commencement

You're finally ready to graduate after years of tests, group projects and late night study sessions. All your hard work deserves recognition.

Commencement is the moment you've been waiting for. This is your chance to celebrate with your supporters, family, friends, professors or fellow graduates. It's your time to shine — you don't want to miss it.

Experience Commencement

Summer 2020 Virtual Commencement is on August 2.

Apply for Graduation by May 22,2020.

Show Us Your Outstanding Students

The Worlds Ahead Graduates are students who have distinguished themselves through research, entrepreneurship, service, perseverance or otherwise exceptional efforts.