RUSM 2020 Commencement FAQs
The critical decision was made to cancel commencement ceremonies for 2020 for the health and safety of our students, their families, our colleagues, and our community. While we can’t come together in person to celebrate with you in May, we invite you to join our virtual online ceremony. In addition, we welcome you to celebrate at our Spring 2021 commencement celebration activities. We will share more information about our virtual activities soon. In addition, we welcome you to celebrate at our Spring 2021 commencement celebration activities. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to cancel your travel and lodging arrangements for May 2020.
Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 am EST
More information will be sent via email with specific details on how you can participate.
Yes, the commencement reception for May 15, 2020 is cancelled.
Yes! We want to celebrate your accomplishment with you, your family and friends with both the virtual graduation and you are invited to walk with the class of 2021. You will receive additional communications with details regarding the ceremony and reception closer to the event.
Yes! Your hard work deserves to be celebrated and we hope you will share your hard-earned accomplishment with family and friends. All graduates will receive instructions to participate in the virtual celebration, and how to invite family and friends to join.
While you celebrate with friends and family, we hope you will take into consideration the importance of social distancing measures to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
Yes, you can return your regalia. Click www.herffjones.com/collegereturns for directions. Of course, you can also keep it to take pictures with your diploma, friends and family or to use in the Spring 2021 ceremony. Any orders already in process cannot be canceled. If you choose to return the product, Herff Jones can issue a full refund of the original shipping fee of $15.95. Any orders already in process cannot be canceled.
Yes, you can order regalia through April 20, 2020 at http://colleges.herffjones.com/college/ross/
Yes, diploma covers will be mailed to graduates who registered for the virtual commencement ceremony. If you did not register for the virtual commencement ceremony but would like to receive your diploma cover, please email [email protected]
Yes, these will be mailed to those who qualify for honors and who registered for the virtual commencement ceremony. If you did not register for the virtual commencement ceremony, but would like to receive your honor cord, scholarship cord and/or 4.0 medal, please email [email protected]. Honors GPA information can be found at http://medhandbook.rossu.edu/student-grading-and-promotion-policies/ - Under Recognition of Exemplary Grades.
The circumstances of this global health crisis are affecting travelers and events everywhere. We do not have the authority to change reservation terms or order refunds. Most major hotel brands and airlines are working with travelers on refunds, credits or no-charge changes. We encourage you to reach out directly to determine what options are available to you.
Yes, the program is available here for download.
The 2020 Commencement Ceremony Program was pre-recorded prior to the clearance of all eligible graduates. The Honors distinction has therefore only been noted for graduates who were cleared prior to Friday, May 1, 2020. Students cleared on, or after Friday, May 1, 2020 were invited to participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony without the Honors distinction noted. Those graduates will have the opportunity to have their honors recognized at the 2021 Commencement Ceremony should they choose to attend.
Honor cords and medals were mailed to Virtual Commencement registrants who cleared for graduation prior to Friday, May 1, 2020. If you have cleared for graduation with honors and would like your honor cord and 4.0 medal mailed to you, please email [email protected].
Virtual Ceremony Disclaimer
The 2020 Commencement Ceremony Program was pre-recorded prior to the clearance of all eligible graduates. The Honors distinction has therefore only been noted for graduates who were cleared prior to Friday, May 1, 2020. Students cleared on, or after Friday, May 1, 2020 may participate in the 2020 Commencement Ceremony without the Honors distinction noted. However, the Honors distinction should be noted for these students in the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, should they qualify for it.