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Commencement Ceremonies

For the most updated and complete information on the December 2020 ceremonies, please visit the Office of Commencement’s website.

Doctoral Hooding Rehearsal and Reception

The Graduate School will not be hosting a hooding rehearsal and reception for the December 2020 ceremonies. For more information on the hooding process for Doctoral Candidates, click here.

Fall 2020 Ceremony

The ceremony for master's and doctoral students from all schools and colleges graduating in Fall 2020 is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 (time and location to be announced).

Spring/Summer 2020 Ceremony

The ceremony for master's and doctoral students from all schools and colleges who graduated in Spring or Summer 2020 is scheduled for Thursday, December 10, 2020 (time and location to be announced).

Spring/Summer 2020 Commencement Speaker

The applications for the Spring/Summer commencement speaker will reopen on September 28  and will close on October 23, 2020. 

Eligibility Criteria:
  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Graduated and completed Master's or Doctoral degree requirements in the Spring or Summer 2020 semesters (does not include Law or M.D. students)
  3. Must be in good standing with the University
  4. Student speaker must be present at the in-person commencement ceremony in December and submit the RSVP form.
Application Process:

The online application includes:

  1. Current CV/Resume
  2. Video: Record yourself giving your intended commencement speech and include the URL to share the file on box.miami.edu (5 min. max.)
  3. Transcript of proposed speech
  4. Contact information for two UM faculty or staff who can serve as references (do not submit letters) 
Selection Process:

Finalists will be contacted for interviews by October 28, 2020, and will be chosen by November 6, 2020. The speaker for the Spring/Summer 2020 graduate commencement ceremony will be chosen by a selection committee, composed of Graduate School leadership and representatives from the Graduate Student Association. 

For more information about the Graduate Student Commencement Speaker, please contact Laura Lopez, Programs Manager at the Graduate School, at lauralopez@miami.edu or 305-284-4154.

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