May 2020 Commencement Announcement

The following message is sent on behalf of Dr. Carolyn Kapinus, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost:

Dear TWU community,

In light of the CDC recommendations regarding COVID-19, we made the difficult decision not to have May commencement as we originally planned. This is disappointing for all of us, especially for our graduates and their loved ones. We certainly want to celebrate our graduates and their accomplishments! Thus, we are considering having a virtual ceremony and/or an August Commencement for our spring and summer graduates.  We hope to make that decision during the next few weeks.

You may be wondering about the graduation fee. The $40 graduation fee is not associated with the commencement ceremony. It is a fee that everyone pays, whether they attend commencement or not; and it is associated with the personnel and processing costs of conferring the degree, including the costs associated with the professional printing of the diplomas and shipping in special protective containers. Since the graduation fee is not related to the commencement ceremony, it is not refundable.

Regalia that was purchased at the book store can be refunded. If you ordered your cap and gown online, we are getting the link to use for refunds and that will be made available to you shortly. Unfortunately if you ordered invitations, those cannot be refunded.

We realize many of you have questions that may not be answered in this email. TWU has created a Coronavirus website specifically focused on providing additional information to the university community: Be sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions section regularly for updates.

The faculty and staff of TWU are committed to our students and their success. Faculty are working hard to move their courses online so that students can finish the semester, students can graduate, and we can keep everyone safe.

The TWU community is strong. We work together. We will make it through these challenges. We want to honor our graduates and we will find an alternative solution to celebrate their academic achievement!

Warm regards,

Carolyn Kapinus


Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Professor of Sociology
Texas Woman’s University

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