Important Information for Winter 2020 Graduation

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Averett University’s Winter 2020 Commencement will be held on its established scheduled date of Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. for all May 2020, August 2020 and December 2020 graduates.

To maximize health precautions for COVID-19, the event will be held outdoors on Daly Field inside the Frank R. Campbell Stadium on Averett’s E. Stuart James Grant North Campus, 707 Mount Cross Rd. In the case of inclement weather, Commencement will be postponed until the following day on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m. at the stadium.

To ensure social distancing, two tickets will be distributed to graduating seniors, and guests will be spaced out in seating on the field. To further limit exposure, there will also be no graduation rehearsal for students.

To keep all graduates, faculty, staff and guests safe, all University COVID-19 health and safety guidelines will be strictly enforced. All participants and attendees must wear an appropriate face covering and maintain social distancing. Failure to follow the guidelines will result in not being admitted to the event and or being asked to leave.

More information regarding the particulars of Commencement with be forthcoming. In the meantime, questions regarding commencement can be sent to Katie Johnston, or Mary Sullivan,

All students who are eligible for degree conferral at the end of the Fall 2020 semester will still complete their degree program with a conferral date of December 12, 2020. If you are eligible for degree conferral at the end of the Fall 2020 semester, you must submit a  graduation application by November 4.

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 or contact Averett Central at 434-791-5600.

Important Dates and Deadlines

November 4: Last day to apply for graduation. Applications received or postmarked after November 21 will be held and processed for the Spring 2021 graduation. Click here to apply for the Fall 2020 Degree Conferral.

November 4: A $125 graduation fee is due (a $50 late fee will be added to your account if payment is not submitted by the November 4 deadline). If you have questions, contact Kelsey Blanks in Student Accounts at 434-791-7182 or

November 4: All account balances must be paid in full. If you have questions, contact Kelsey Blanks in Student Accounts at 434-791-7182 or

November 4: All Transcripts from other institutions must be sent to Registrar’s office.

December 12: GRADUATION DAY!  The Graduation ceremony will be held at North Campus and will start promptly at 1 p.m. All graduates must be checked-in by 11:30 a.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I need to pay my graduation fee?
    The $125 graduation fee is due November 4. All other account balances must be paid by November 21.
  • Will my official transcript have the degree conferral date on it?Y
    ES – Please visit 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 Fall 2020 semester will have a conferral date of December, 12, 2020.
  • What if I do not plan to attend the Fall 2020 Graduation ceremony, How will I receive my Diploma?
    Your Diploma will be mailed out the week after December 12, 2020 to the address listed on the graduation application.
  • Will there be a certain amount of tickets given out for our guest to attend the ceremony?
    YES- Each graduate will be given a certain amount of tickets for their guest. The number of tickets will be determined once we have a final count of those attending. An email will be sent out with the amount of tickets each student will receive.
  • What if my diploma never arrives at my address?
    Contact Katie Johnston at 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.