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Important Information for Spring 2020 Graduation

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Given current national and statewide guidance around halting large-group gatherings in the coming months due to coronavirus COVID-19, and because of the need for advance planning on the part of students, families and the University, we deeply regret that we must postpone our Spring Commencement Ceremony as planned on Saturday, May 2, at 10 a.m. in the E. Stuart James Grant Center. Our students’ momentous achievements are our biggest point of pride, and this critical milestone in their and their families’ lives is paramount. We are committed to celebrating this significant accomplishment and we are currently considering multiple alternative options and will be in touch with details as soon as possible.

All students who are eligible for degree conferral at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will still complete their degree program with a conferral date of May 2, 2020. If you are eligible for degree conferral at the end of the Spring 2020 semester, you must submit a  graduation application by April 4. All degree conferees will receive their diplomas in the mail. Below you will find important deadlines and also some frequently asked questions that may help you with the process.

For any questions in regards to graduation, contact Katie Johnston at kjohnston@averett.edu or contact Averett Central at 434-791-5600.

Important Dates and Deadlines

April 4: Last day to apply for graduation. Applications received or postmarked after April 21 will be held and processed for the Fall 2020 graduation. Click here to apply for the Spring 2020 Degree Conferral.

April 4: A $125 graduation fee is due (a $50 late fee will be added to your account if payment is not submitted by the April 4 deadline). If you have questions, contact Kelsey Blanks in Student Accounts at 434-791-7182 or kblanks@averett.edu. Click here for directions to pay online.

April 21: All account balances must be paid in full. If you have questions, contact Kelsey Blanks in Student Accounts at 434-791-7182 or kblanks@averett.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I still need to apply now for graduation even though the graduation ceremony for May 2 has been postponed? YES – All students who plan to complete all degree requirements by the end of the Spring 2020 semester must complete a graduation application. Students who do not submit a graduation application will not be eligible for degree conferral. Click here to apply for the Spring 2020 Graduation.
  • Since the graduation ceremony is postponed, will I still receive my diploma? YES – All students who are eligible and who complete all degree requirements at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will have their degree conferred and receive their diploma.
  • How and when will I receive my diploma? Diplomas will be mailed after May 2, 2020. You will receive your diploma in the mail at the address you included on your graduation application. Not sure what address you put down? Contact Katie Johnston at kjohnston@averett.edu to verify your address.
  • Do I still have to pay the $125 graduation even though the graduation ceremony is postponed? YES – All students must pay the fee as it covers the degree completion and diploma processing.
  • Will the graduation ceremony be rescheduled? The May 2 graduation ceremony has been postponed. We are currently in the process of determining a later date for your graduation ceremony. An email will be sent out to all spring 2020 graduates with more information when it becomes available.
  • I ordered my cap and gown already; what shall I do? You may keep it and use it at the graduation ceremony when is it rescheduled.
  • May I be refunded now?
    • In-store orders: All cap and gown orders that were purchased through the Bookstore can be fully refunded. Contact the Bookstore for assistance at 434-791-5640.
    • Online Orders: Orders that were placed online can be returned as long as the product is unopened. They are not able to reimburse for shipping. Contact the Bookstore for assistance at 434-791-5640.
  • When do I need to pay my graduation fee? The $125 graduation fee is due April 4. All other account balances must be paid by April 21.
  • Will my official transcript have the degree conferral date on it? YES – Please visit  www.getmytranscript.com to request your transcript to be sent out after you have officially had your degree conferred. Students finishing all degree requirements graduating at the end of the Spring 2020 semester will have a conferral date of May, 2, 2020.
  • What if my diploma never arrives at my address? Contact Katie Johnston at kjohnston@averett.edu and let her know you never received your diploma. Please be aware that with the large number of graduates, diplomas may take up to three or four weeks to be delivered.