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Commencement FAQs for the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Why were commencement ceremonies for 2020 and 2021 postponed?

Considering announcements by the CDC and state officials regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, and the State mandate to restrict the capacity of indoor gatherings, we thought it best to take additional steps to safeguard you and our community and postpone commencement. Remember, our decisions and action plans are based upon your health, well-being and safety as the guiding tenets.

Are there new dates for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 commencement events?

​In-Person commencement ceremonies for the Post University Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be held on Saturday, July 24 and/or Sunday, July 25 at the historic Palace Theatre in Waterbury, Connecticut.  The events will also be broadcast online for those unable to attend. 

How might COVID-19 affect the commencement ceremonies?

While COVID-19 restrictions will be eased in Connecticut by July 2021, aspects of our commencement ceremonies will be altered to make the event as safe as possible.  Student guest tickets will be limited and seating arrangements for students and guests will modified.  Graduate line-up will be adjusted, as will the process of students crossing the stage. 

Still, nothing replaces the thrill of “that moment” when you are recognized on stage as a Post University graduate, and we provide all the pomp and circumstance to celebrate your achievement!

How do I let Post know I’d like to attend an in-person ceremony in July 2021?

Class of 2020 and 2021 graduates are being contacted by the Office of the Registrar with information via email, and with a link to RSVP regarding their possible participation.  RSVPs are due by May 21, 2021.  If you believe you are eligible to participate in commencement and do not receive an email by May 12, 2021, please let us know by emailing

How many guest tickets will students receive?

The final number of students guest tickets will be announced by May 28, 2021, once we receive RSVPs from students planning to attend.  If guest tickets are available, we expect them to be limited to one or two per student. 

If I might not attend an in-person commencement event do I still need to apply for graduation through the student portal?

Whether or not you attend Commencement, the ceremony celebrating the completion of a degree program, you still need to apply to graduate, recording the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on your official transcript.

Should I purchase commencement regalia now?

Commencement regalia should be purchased once a student RSVPs that they will be attending a ceremony and their decision is final. 

Some students not participating in a ceremony choose to have the regalia for personal photos at home and to keep as a reminder of their academic achievements. 

Any Post graduate may purchase regalia from Oak Hall Cap & Gown (

How will I get my diploma?

After the posting of degrees has been completed, diplomas for graduates will be mailed to those students who have fulfilled all of their course requirements. Diplomas will be mailed to the same address that you included on your graduation application. Your diploma will not be released if you have any type of outstanding obligation with the University (i.e., library fees/overdue books, account balances, etc…).​

Are Post diploma frames and rings still available for purchase?

Yes. Class rings and diploma frames are available for purchase through the Herff Jones Company.  Visit and select Post University to view ring options and visit and select Post University to view frame options or custom design your own frame.

Still have questions? If you need additional information, or if we can assist you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact the Registrar’s Office at 203.591.7123, or send an email to