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Frequently Asked Questions

Graduation Information

Florida State University News recently published an article outlining some specific details for Summer 2020 commencement. In addition to reading this news release, please reference our graduation updates FAQ if you have additional questions. And, as always, we strongly encourage you to frequently visit

Graduation Ceremonies Cancellation and Alternative Plans FAQ

As circumstances evolve, please return to this page for updates to frequently asked questions.

Please visit for university updates. Please also read President Thrasher's message and see his video to graduates about the on-campus ceremony cancellations and alternative plans.

Q: Will there be a commencement program for the graduates?

A: Yes, a digital commencement program will be posted online at prior to the virtual ceremony.

Q: I am graduating with a degree of distinction (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude). Will I receive an honor cord for this?

A: Yes! We will be mailing out honor cords to the graduates in the coming days.

Q: How can I get a refund for my cap and gown order?

A: FSU is currently working with Herff Jones to fine tune a protocol so students can either choose to receive a full refund or retain their graduation regalia for celebration and pictures. Creation of a new protocol is a significant undertaking that comes at a time when our graduates, and graduates across the nation, are being affected by fast moving changes. After we finalize the details, you will receive an email notification instructing you on how to proceed.

Q: Are there plans to hold graduation at a later date?

A: Once circumstances allow, FSU plans to invite our Spring 2020 graduates and their families and friends back to campus to enjoy a true celebration of their achievements. Details will be announced in the upcoming days.

Q: With graduation being cancelled, will I still receive my diploma?

A: Yes! After you're cleared for graduation by your academic dean and the Registrar's Office, we'll mail your diploma. Please allow six to eight weeks after the semester ends for your diploma to arrive.