Commencement

Kutztown University Fall 2020 Commencement Update

October 9, 2020

Dear Kutztown University Campus Community,

The pandemic has presented many trials this year, including our ability to hold large, in-person events on campus.  It has been particularly difficult to host events that are so important to our campus community, including our commencement ceremonies. 

Unfortunately, circumstances have not changed enough to allow us to host an in-person commencement for our fall class of 2020 in December.  While all of our 2020 graduates will also be invited to walk at an in-person ceremony as soon as it is deemed safe to do so, we still want to recognize our graduates on their scheduled commencement day.

KU will be honoring its fall 2020 graduates through a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, December 12th at 9 a.m.  While the virtual commencement on December 12th can be viewed on-demand any time after 9 a.m., graduates and their families will be able to celebrate by joining us for a short ceremony and recognition through a YouTube premiere on our website.  In addition, we will be featuring all graduates who submit their photo in a separate video, and will provide additional content in honor of our graduating class.  Links will be made available closer to the event.

We know this year has been a challenging year for all of our students, particularly for our seniors who have had the end of their college experience significantly altered by the pandemic.  We hope you will take the time to celebrate your great accomplishment with us on December 12th, and that you will consider returning to campus to celebrate in person in the future.  In the meantime, fall graduates should review and respond to the following information as necessary:

           Undergraduate: Devon Weidenhammer, weidenha@kutztown.edu, 610-683-4479

           Graduate: Lori Lentz, lentz@kutztown.edu, 610-683-4478

  • Students who are eligible will officially graduate when their degree requirements are verified after the fall semester ends. We anticipate mailing diplomas to students, as usual, in early 2021.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Kutztown University Commencement Committee

October 3, 2020

Watch the Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Spring Class of 2020.

COMMENCEMENT REGALIA

Students who are eligible to graduate this semester may begin purchasing their regalia on October 27, 2020 at www.kubstore.com/category/regalia, and have it shipped to their home. Students will receive an invitation to attend the rescheduled commencement ceremony, once that date is determined.

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams

Eleanor Roosevelt
Important Dates

Friday, October 9, 2020:  Last day for Undergraduate and Graduate students to apply for Fall 2020 graduation.

If you have not completed the application to graduate, log on to "MyKU" and click on "KU Academic Services" and then click on the link: "Apply for Graduation" and follow the prompts. For questions regarding graduation eligibility or the application process, contact one of the following individuals:


Graduation Festival has been postponed. Further updates will be announced at a later date on this website, by email, and on university social media.

Hosted by KUSSI in the Multipurpose Room of the McFarland Student Union, the Graduation Festival provides KU students with a convenient way to access commencement information, tickets, purchase academic regalia (cap and gown) at a discount, rings, announcements and more.

If you have questions, please contact the KUSSI Service Center in the McFarland Student Union, Room 171, or by calling 610-683-4090. 

Maroon graduation cap with KU written on top and class gift written underneath the cap
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS OF 2020!

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation and finishing your degree! Given the challenges you've faced and overcome these past two semesters, you now deserve to kick back and celebrate this massive accomplishment! Show your Golden Bear pride by making a gift to support future KU students, and we'll do something special for your class to ensure that even after this semester ends, you #StayGolden.

You may not realize it, but a lot of the great experiences you had at KU were available because alumni, parents and friends of the university cared enough to support your education and interests. They funded scholarships, technology, professional experience grants, work-spaces, research, and so much more.

To say congratulations on graduating, the Kutztown University Foundation has installed a commemorative Class of 2020 2'x2' brick, the first of it's kind for class gift campaign's at KU, in the Alumni Plaza.

HOW DOES THE CLASS GIFT CAMPAIGN WORK?

  • You can choose to make a gift at whatever level you are financially comfortable with! We suggest $20.20 in honor of your class year. However, any amount makes a difference!

  • As stated above, the KU Foundation has installed a commemorative Class of 2020 2'x2' brick, the first of it's kind for class gift campaign's at KU, in Alumni Plaza.

HOW CAN I GET EVEN MORE INVOLVED?

  • Become an Advocate (sign and share the page) to make sure that support for KU goes as far and wide as our community can spread it!

  • Upload a Personal Plea video encouraging your classmates to give. Even one Personal Plea can generate widespread support through your network.

It's our way to say thank you for your commitment to #StayGolden and your way to show how passionate you are about supporting the Golden Bear experience. Class gift donors will even be recognized during commencement. 

WHERE DOES MY DONATION GO?

This year, we are asking seniors to donate to "Bears Band Together." Like you may be experiencing, incoming and current underclassmen are continuing to face huge challenges during this time. We are asking you to direct your donation to the Bears Band Together fund, which will help to offset many of these unexpected expenses for the entire KU community. As many students continue to face unexpected financial hardships like the loss of employment, we anticipate to still see an increase in requests for this kind of funding in the near future. Your support is appreciated by not only the University and Foundation but also those students who desperately need assistance now more than ever.

You also have the opportunity to support any of the four major colleges, the KU Annual Fund and KU Athletics, if you choose to change your designation. During this time, we have opened additional gift designation areas for your class gift. I’m pleased to offer you the option to make a gift to areas that support these needs, including the Multicultural Center, Women’s Center General Fund, and LGBTQ+ Resource Center. You can even split your designation between the Bears Band Together fund and another above option of your choosing!

HOW CAN I MAKE MY GIFT?

You can donate online anytime or mail a check to the KU Foundation directly. You can even use leftover Bears Bucks to make your gift! Kutztown University Foundation & Alumni Engagement Offices, 15197 Kutztown Rd, Kutztown, PA 19530.

DOES MY $5, $10 or $20.20 REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

Yes, yes and yes! Every gift matters. When we add your gift to those of your classmates, we should raise over $10,000 to support your fellow students if everyone gave just a little!

WHERE DO I GET UPDATES?

Any updates for the 2020 Class Gift campaign will be posted directly on this page. However, you can visit the websites and also follow the social media accounts below for more additional updates as well as many other exciting events and initiatives still to come!