Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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FSU to hold in-person commencement; COSSPP scheduled for April 23.

The university has announced it will hold multiple smaller in-person commencement ceremonies in April.

The plan is to retain many elements of traditional ceremonies while taking the necessary steps to ensure graduates and guests can gather in the safest way possible.

These smaller ceremonies, organized by college or department, will be held in the Donald L. Tucker Civic Center over the course of two weekends: Saturday, April 17-Sunday, April 18, and Friday, April 23-Saturday, April 24.

The College of Social Sciences and Public Policy will have two commencement ceremonies – 9:00 am and 2:00 pm – on Friday, April 23. 

The ceremonies are divided by primary major and include both graduate and undergraduate programs. All majors are grouped together by their academic department or program.

Friday, April 23 at 9:00 a.m.
–        Economics
–        Geography (includes both Geography and Environment & Society majors)
–        International Affairs
–        Political Science
–        Public Health

Friday, April 23 at 2:00 PM
–        African American Studies
–        Asian Studies
–        Askew School of Public Administration and Policy
–        Demography
–        Latin American Caribbean Studies
–        Social Science (includes all Interdisciplinary Social Sciences majors)
–        Sociology
–        Urban and Regional Planning

The smaller ceremonies will allow for proper social distancing for graduates, who will be seated on the Civic Center floor, as well as four guests per graduate in the audience. Masks will be required for all graduates and guests. A condensed program will feature the reading of graduates’ names while students walk across the stage. Professional photographers will be on hand to capture the proud moment.

In addition, FSU is planning similar ceremonies in early summer for 2020 graduates who were recognized during virtual events. Dates and details for these events will be announced in the coming days.

“Thank you for your patience as we further develop these plans with the safety of you and your loved ones in mind,” said FSU President John Thrasher in making the announcement. “As we all know, the pandemic has been unpredictable, and our plans are subject to change. We will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of federal, state and local officials.”

Please visit this link to find the specific dates and times for each college or department ceremony and be sure to check the website frequently for more information as details are finalized.