2020 Commencement Postponement

April 2, 2020

Dear Saint Mary’s Students,

As we continue to shelter in place in California, we hope that you and your family are well. Given the ongoing health crisis, and the likelihood that large gatherings will continue to be prohibited for the foreseeable future, we have decided to postpone the Spring 2020 Commencement exercises scheduled for May 23 and May 24. We know how significant these events are for our graduates and their families, as they are for the faculty and staff who look forward to this celebration every year. We are very sorry to have to make this change.  

At this point, we do not know when large gatherings will be permitted by local and state health officials, and therefore have not yet scheduled a future date for our traditional Commencement ceremony and graduation festivities. Our next steps will be to engage our community, particularly our graduating students, and then make a decision on when Commencement will take place, and how it will be structured. We will also begin working with students and campus community members to create meaningful virtual ways to celebrate our graduates this May. 

All degrees will be awarded at the end of the semester and final transcripts will reflect students’ degrees and conferral date. Upon completion of degree requirements, students will officially graduate, but we will not mark the occasion with an in-person ceremony until a later date. We will mail diplomas to all of our May degree recipients.

In making this decision we are following our commitment to our Lasallian core principles, which include care for the well-being of both our College community and the common good. Other universities around the country have made similar decisions.

To our graduating students: we are immensely proud of you and saddened that we are unable to gather this May in recognition of your accomplishments. Saint Mary’s Commencement tradition is uniquely special in the way it honors you by bringing our community together on campus with family and friends. While we will certainly be together in spirit this spring, we look forward to the day when we can convene in person to celebrate all that you have accomplished at Saint Mary’s College of California. 
James A. Donahue