After seeking many alternative options for conducting an in-person ceremony, the Adams State commencement committee is pleased to inform you the 2020 Spring Commencement will be a live virtual event on Saturday, June 6.

This year’s commencement will be a combined event for students earning bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and our doctoral graduates.

While we are unable to hold our traditional ceremony with students and families in attendance at Plachy Hall, we will replicate as much of the procession and speakers in a live setting at Richardson Hall Auditorium which will be livestreamed via to our students and their families, and to the campus community and Adams State supporters coast-to-coast.

The spring commencement virtual ceremony will begin at Noon on June 6. Colorado State Representative Dayeya Esgar, who serves as the Chairperson of the Joint Budget Committee, will be the commencement speaker.

Each graduate will be recognized and each name will be called. We will also have a slide for each graduate, with their name, photo, and degree being awarded. Students who are graduating are asked to use this form to upload a photograph for the event and indicate a t-shirt size:

The students who are representing their respective graduating classes are invited to deliver their commencement speeches from Richardson Hall Auditorium as part of the live event portion of commencement.

We know this is not the type of format our graduating students were anticipating for their Spring 2020 Graduation. We are inviting all Spring 2020 graduates to participate in the Spring 2021 ceremony on May 15, 2021 when Adams State will celebrate 100 years. Or, they also are invited to walk in the Fall Commencement Ceremony on December 16, 2020.

This COVID-19 pandemic has definitely wreaked havoc on our country and many of us have been negatively impacted. The completion by our students of their degrees amidst such trying times is something we definitely want to celebrate. We hope the livestream ceremony will give graduates and families time to pause from the stress of the pandemic and reflect on their accomplishments. Grizzlies are proud, resilient individuals.