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Tributes to the 2020 Degree Recipients

 Congratulations to all Rosemont College 2020 Degree Recipients!

On Saturday, May 16th, Rosemont College held Virtual Tributes to the 2020 Degree Recipients via Zoomand shared through Facebook Live.

President Sharon L Hirsh led the Tributes to honor the degree recipients who would have walked for commencement, if it were not for the  Covid-19 pandemic. Separate Tributes were held via Zoom for the degree recipients of the Undergraduate College and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Recordings of these Tributes:

In her remarks, President Hirsh said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has caused so many disruptions to our lives over the last two months, but perhaps one of the most disappointing is that the College cannot celebrate this milestone with our usual very festive and warm Commencement Ceremony.  It is my hope – and the hope of everyone in the Rosemont College community – that this afternoon’s Tribute will help to mark this important milestone in your lives.”

Each Tribute included a live greeting from President Sharon Hirsh, the reading of all degree recipient names, and a blessing from Sr. Jeanne Hatch, SHCJ.  Read More.

The Tribute was not intended to be a formal Commencement Ceremony, as that will take place on Saturday, May 15th, 2021 and all degree recipients are invited and encouraged to participate at that time. The planned commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 16th, 2020, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

FAQs for Graduates

Q: Will Commencement be held this Spring? 

A: The College’s 97th Commencement Ceremony scheduled for May 16,th 2020 will be cancelled.  Diplomas of all eligible 2020 graduates (without academic or financial holds) will be mailed to homes by mid-summer. All 2020 graduates will be invited to participate in the College’s Commencement Exercises on May 15th, 2021. 

Qualified 2020 graduates will have the opportunity to be considered to serve as Student Commencement Speakers for the 2021 Exercises, and all 2020 graduates will be invited to process in academic attire in the Ceremony and receive the congratulations of the President, as well as be acknowledged for all academic awards earned by their 2020 graduation.

We also plan to celebrate the 2020 graduates in a special way on May 16, 2020 through the College’s website and social media accounts.


Q: What does the Graduation Fee cover? Why isn’t it being refunded?

A: The $150 Graduation Fee has been charged to each 2020 Degree Recipient to cover the following expenses: 1) Academic Graduation Audits conducted by multiple departments to ensure that degree requirements are met, 2) cost of diploma and mailing the diploma to home addresses, 3) cost of academic attire, and 4) partial cost of the Commencement Ceremony.

Had the 2020 Commencement Ceremony not been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, every 2020 Degree Recipient would have been charged the Graduation Fee, regardless of whether or not the Degree Recipient was planning to participate in the Ceremony.

The same now holds true with the Ceremony postponed until May 15, 2021. 2020 Degree Recipients have been charged the Graduation Fee in 2020, and 2021 Degree Recipients will be charged the fee in 2021.

No refunds of the Graduation Fee will be made to 2020 or 2021 Degree Recipients. If they elect to take part in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, 2020 Degree Recipients will not be charged an additional Graduation Fee in 2021. 

Q: Why was the decision made to cancel the 2020 Commencement Ceremony?  What will take place at the 2021 Commencement Ceremony to make it special for 2020 graduates? 
A: The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended that no events and gatherings of 50 people or more take place through early May.  The College is complying with that recommendation.  In addition, on March 16th, the White House recommended that no gatherings of 10 people or more take place. 

Because the College’s 2020 Commencement was set to take place so soon after the recommendation is scheduled to lift, and in recognizing that the CDC and the White House’s recommendations might also be extended beyond early May and/or that the size of the gathering may be further reduced, the College thought it best to safeguard the safety and well-being of our graduates by holding the Ceremony in May of 2021.

The 2021 Ceremony will recognize the graduates of 2020 separately from the 2021 graduates.  Graduates will be seated by class, and degrees will be conferred accordingly, with each graduate given the opportunity to receive her/his degree on stage.  The College is committed to making the 2021 Ceremony a festive celebration of both graduating classes. 

Q.Since the Commencement ceremony is canceled, will I still get my degree?   

A. Yes. Even though we are unable to hold the ceremony in 2020, both your transcripts and diploma will both indicate that you received your degree on May 16th, 2020   

Q. What do I need to do to make sure I'm going to receive my degree?   

A. Students must successfully complete their final courses, be cleared by their academic advisors, and be clear of all financial obligations to the College.   

Q. I indicated on my graduation survey that I would pick up my diploma, how do I get it if the campus is closed?  

A. The Registrar's Office will be sending emails to all May graduates asking them to verify their shipping address. Look for this email in your Rosemont email account in early April.   

Q. Will I still get my cap and gown?   

A. The College will order your cap, gown, and hood next year for your participation in the 2021 commencement ceremony. Your cap will have a 2020 tassel on it.