Students in graduation regalia

Graduation and Commencement

Note: Applying to graduate is a separate process from registering for commencement. Students wishing to sign up for the virtual commencement ceremony should follow the directions below.

June 13, 2020 | 11 a.m.

Congratulations, graduates!

This year has brought unprecedented challenges, and you have weathered them all, staying focused in the midst of crisis and completing your degree. We couldn’t be more proud of you.

To celebrate your achievements, we invite you to participate in our virtual commencement ceremony on June 13 at 11 a.m.

Virtual commencement will feature many of the same elements as our traditional ceremony: music by performing arts students and faculty, an address by the president, and, importantly, the conferring of your degree.

If you graduated in Fall 2019, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020, you are eligible to participate in virtual commencement. We hope you’ll join us for this momentous event.

How to Participate in Virtual Commencement

You should receive an email with the subject line Create Your Graduation Slide no later than May 15. This email will contain a link to sign up for commencement. Please check both your SMC email and your personal email addresses for the email. If you believe you should have gotten this email and did not, please email

Follow the instructions in the email to sign up for virtual commencement. It is important that you act quickly, as you will only have a few days to sign up and submit all the required materials.

That’s it! After signing up, you are welcome to invite your friends and family to watch the ceremony online on June 13 at 11 a.m. A link to the ceremony will be provided in the coming weeks.

Additional Information

A link with information to share with your family and friends may be found here.

Can't watch the ceremony on June 13? No worries! The link will be available for viewing for a few months after June 13 in case that date does not work for everyone in your family.

You are also welcome to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony, assuming it will be held on campus.

For more information about virtual commencement and graduation, read the Frequently Asked Questions.