Virtually celebrating your grad – 2020 Edition

While 2020 has provided a lot of challenges for students and families and Colorado State University’s Commencement 2020 has had to look very different compared to previous years, there is still a chance for you to celebrate your graduate virtually. CSU’s Commencement website hosts a lot of great resources and ideas for parents and families, including:

  • Graduate Party Pack 2020: , or click here.

  • The Alumni Center’s Grad Fest: or click here. Both you and your student can see how your grad can now engage with CSU after they graduate through their Alumni Center membership benefits. You can also find wallpapers to use in Zoom or any other webinar platform your virtual grad celebration!

  • Create a special PowerPoint: You and have your family and friends submit pictures to put together to go through of your graduate’s journey up to their graduation ceremony.

  • Celebrate with custom cookies: Some bakeries and online cookie shops offer great options for adding a personalized touch to your grad’s virtual celebration that also doubles as something delicious!

  • Pre-Recorded video messages: For loved ones who are unable to attend any kind of virtual gathering, having them send your grad a personalized video acknowledging their achievement will put a smile on their face.

  • Have your student share their photo with Commencement social media pages: CSU’s Commencement group has multiple social media profiles where they are sharing graduate photos and stories. You can also email those photos to:

  • Send out virtual or physical “graduate ceremony invitations”: Even with ceremonies this year needing to be virtual, your family can still send out physical or virtual invitations  to help keep the tradition alive and make your grad feel celebrated and recognized.

  • Have a second celebration, in-person: While we recognize that the nature of this pandemic has made it hard to gather in person and we would absolutely center your family’s safety first and foremost, the option to plan very far ahead in the hopes that one day your family can come together and celebrate your graduate is always an option.

We also want to share that each semester Rocky Mountain Student Media recognizes the hard work of CSU’s graduating seniors by creating a commemorative edition for graduates and their families. The Fall Commemorative Graduation Edition for the class of 2020 will publish in December and be mailed directly to the homes of all fall CSU graduates the week of December 14. The edition will feature congratulatory ads from CSU colleges and departments, messages from University leaders and a look back at the past four years.

If your family has any other traditions that could filter towards being virtual, absolutely use those too! These are just some of many ways you can still celebrate your 2020 graduate this year. No matter what environment we are in, your student has achieved something significant and that is well worth taking the time to celebrate and spread joy for.


Spring 2021 Commencement Celebrations

The university will hold Spring break April 12 – 16, 2021, and all course instruction and exams following that time will be delivered remotely. The timing of final exams will remain unchanged and are scheduled for the week of May 10-14. The university is examining options for Spring commencement ceremonies.  Compliance with physical distancing guidelines means that in-person experiences will not be an exact replication of past in-person ceremonies.  The Offices of the President and Provost are working with dozens of departments on campus, in addition to the Pandemic Preparedness Team, to provide a meaningful experience for the students. Please check the commencement website for the most updated information.