It's almost time!

Graduation Day 2020 is almost here!

The virtual ceremony starts promptly at 8:30 p.m. EDT on May 30. Join us at 8:10 p.m. for a video featuring photos of all of our 2020 grads!

To make the most of this special occasion, share a photo of your decorated graduation cap on social media using #RoseGrad2020. You’ll also want to download an RHIT Class of 2020 Facebook frame – just search “rosehulman” from the Facebook frame page.

Click here to download the event program.

Click here to watch the virtual ceremony. Test your viewing experience by watching the promotional video currently posted.

Yard Signs collage.

Tell the World!

Let everyone know you are celebrating Graduation Day with a member of the RHIT Class of 2020!

Choose the sign template you want, then work with the sign folks at Staples, Office Depot/Max, or another printer and share the exciting news! 

Three Great Design Options! 

The top of a graduation cap reading: "Shine on you crazy diamond."

Dress the Part!

Okay, this is Once-in-a-Lifetime -- go all out!

Order your cap and gown for Graduation 2020. Virtual, yes, but do it in style!

Show it off! #RoseGrad2020

Visit the Rose-Hulman Bookstore website to order and drop ship regalia, personalized announcements, and diploma frames. Josten and Herff Jones, providers of RHIT collegiate rings, are offering specials and an individual link is provided on the website. https://bookstore.rose-hulman.edu/

Clock tower outside Hadley Hall

Show Your Pride on Facebook!

We've designed RHIT Graduation 2020 Facebook Picture Frames! 

Select one of several frames by visiting www.facebook.com/profilepicframes and searching "rosehulman."

The Speakers

Rob Coons

Rob Coons

President, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rob Coons

Erik Hayes

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Eric Holcomb

Eric Holcomb

Governor of Indiana

Alexa Kovacs

Alexa Kovacs

Past President of the Student Government Association
Sheston Culpepper

Sheston Culpepper

President of the Senior Class
Amol Agarwal

Amol Agarwal

President of the International Student Association
Clock tower outside Hadley Hall

Graduation 2020 Start Times Around the World

  • Saturday, May 30, 8:30 p.m. (New York, Rose-Hulman)
  • Saturday, May 30, 7:30 p.m. (Chicago)
  • Saturday, May 30, 6:30 p.m. (Denver)
  • Saturday, May 30, 5:30 p.m. (California)
  • Sunday, May 31, 6 a.m. (New Delhi, India)
  • Sunday, May 31, 8:30 a.m. (Shanghai, China)
  • Sunday, May 31, 9:30 a.m. (Seoul, South Korea)

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a virtual ceremony?

A virtual ceremony celebrates your academic achievement in an online format, allowing you to share this special moment with your loved ones near and far. The entirety of the event will be less than an hour and will include a “walk” through campus, short addresses from members of the senior class, a brief speech from a very special keynote speaker, recognition of graduates receiving honors and awards, and an opportunity for each of you to “receive” your diploma from your respective department head. This part of the ceremony includes a personal recognition video for each graduate, signifying your “walk across the stage”. Following the ceremony, you will have an opportunity to interact, live, with your fellow classmates, professors, coaches, and other members of the Rose-Hulman community.

Do I need to register to participate in the virtual ceremony?

 

No. You do not need to register to observe the graduation. However, to have a personalized video or photo included, you were asked to submit that material by April 30.

Note: If you do not wish to participate in the ceremony or do not want a personalized video prepared for you, please contact Emilee Roberts at roberts4@rose-hulman.edu.

Is there a deadline for registration?

Registration is not necessary to observe the graduation ceremony. There was an April 30 deadline to submit a photo or video to be included in the event.

Note: If you do not wish to participate in the ceremony or do not want a personalized video prepared for you, please contact Emilee Roberts at roberts4@rose-hulman.edu.

Is there a deadline for uploading my photo?

Yes. The deadline was April 30.

 

When and where will the virtual ceremony take place?

The virtual ceremony will begin at 8:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, 2020. We hope this time will help to accommodate those students and families watching from various time zones throughout the world. If you or your loved ones are unable to attend the premiere of the ceremony at 8:30 p.m. EDT, you will still be able to view the recordings and graduate videos at a later time. To join the virtual ceremony on May 30 at 8:30 p.m. EDT or at a later date visit www.rose-hulman.edu/graduation.

What can I expect from this virtual ceremony?

The entirety of the event will be less than an hour and will include a “walk” through campus, short addresses from members of the senior class, a brief speech from a very special keynote speaker, recognition of graduates receiving honors and awards, and an opportunity for each of you to “receive” your diploma from your respective department head in a personalized video.

In addition, we will be sending a graduation package in the mail that will arrive just prior to the May 30th event. The graduation package will include items to help you celebrate your graduation, and some items will need to be opened when prompted during the virtual event. Speaking of which, have you provided us with the best address to send this package so that you can have it in hand and ready to open on May 30? Please verify your address or provide a new address by May 8 through Banner Web.

Beginning at 8:15 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 30, you may join the ceremony at www.rose-hulman.edu/graduation. Your family and friends can join you at the same time, using the same link. Families and guests do not need to register.

Note: If you do not wish to participate in the ceremony or do not want a personalized video prepared for you, please contact Emilee Roberts at roberts4@rose-hulman.edu.

What if I do not want to participate in the virtual ceremony?

While graduates are not required to participate in the ceremony, it is our hope that you will join us in celebrating this major milestone in your life, while being a part of our very first virtual graduation ceremony! You are also invited to participate in our in-person commencement ceremony which we will be held at a later date.

Note: If you do not wish to participate in the ceremony or do not want a personalized video prepared for you, please contact Emilee Roberts at roberts4@rose-hulman.edu.

When will an in-person celebration take place?

We plan to host an in-person celebration once it is determined that it is safe for us to gather as a community. Rose-Hulman has a long and storied tradition of celebrating this pinnacle of accomplishment in our students’ academic careers and we fully intend to do everything in our power to ensure that this tradition, including the march down the hill, is continued for the class of 2020.

Do I need to purchase a cap, gown and accessories since this is a virtual ceremony?

Please consider proceeding with the purchase of your cap and gown as it is an important symbol of your achievement. We also encourage you to incorporate it into your personal celebrations – wear it for the photo to be included on your personal recognition video, wear it while watching the virtual ceremony and share your photos in cap and gown on social media.
#RoseGrad2020

Please visit the Rose-Hulman Bookstore website to order and drop ship regalia, personalized announcements and diploma frames. Jostens & Herff Jones, providers of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology collegiate rings, are both offering specials and an individual link is provided on the website: https://bookstore.rose-hulman.edu/.

Shipping delays are anticipated for many international locations and while the delays may cause your shipment to arrive after May 30, we want to do everything we can to make sure you receive your regalia. Please order as soon as possible.

When will I get my diploma?

As part of the virtual ceremony, we will be sending a graduation package in the mail that will arrive just prior to the May 30 event. The graduation package will include items to help you celebrate your graduation, and some items will need to be opened when prompted during the virtual event, including your diploma. Speaking of which, have you provided us with the best address to send this package so that you can have it in hand and ready to open on May 30? Please verify your address or provide a new address by May 8 through Banner Web.

For international addresses, please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information. Shipping delays are anticipated for many international locations and while the delays may cause your package to arrive after May 30, we want to do everything we can to make sure you receive your package.

I was looking forward to my family meeting my professors, coaches and mentors. How can I still do that?

The best way to meet face-to-face will be at the in-person event we are planning tentatively for this fall. In the meantime, you are encouraged to reach out directly to your professors, coaches, and others who have made a big impact on your time at Rose and set up a virtual introduction with your family.

Will we be receiving Summa/Magna/Cum Laude stoles for the ceremony?

Yes! You will definitely be receiving your cords. They will be included in the box that we will send to your home a few days before the online ceremony.
Lyndi Bahr

Lyndi Bahr

Assistant to the Vice President, 812-877-8919

Campus map

Contact Us

Office of Student Affairs
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Phone: 812-877-8919
Fax: 812-877-8746

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