Dear Fall 2020 Monarch graduates,

Congratulations on your accomplishments. All of us at Old Dominion University are proud of you. You should have received an e-mail announcing our rescheduled ceremonies for April 2021. In the meantime, to get the celebration started, the commencement team has been planning a special Grad Week celebration with online events for social media engagement on the days leading up to your previously scheduled commencement ceremony. Monarch Grad Week, from December 14-19, will provide opportunities for you to share photos, videos and quotes that capture your experience as a Monarch. Visit to see the ways we are celebrating YOUR achievement with you.

Here are some of the options:

  • You can share a short video clip that will be added to ODU's official graduation video commemorating your achievement. Wear your ODU swag and send your fellow graduates a message, ending with "We Did It!" Videos must be submitted by Dec. 8.
  • We've created a website where you can leave messages for your fellow graduates. Parents, family and friends also can post their congratulatory messages to you.
  • In addition, we've created special edition frames and GIFs for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You'll also find Zoom backgrounds celebrating your new grad status and options for your proud family members, as well.

We recognize that delaying the ceremony may impose burdens on you. However, we want you to know that we are committed to making it special for you and your classmates. We continue to be inspired by your resilience and perseverance.
Please let us know if we can do anything to help you complete your graduation requirements. If you have any questions about commencement, please email Even though your classes will soon be done, you will always be a member of the Monarch community. We look forward to helping you celebrate this December and next spring.


Don Stansberry, Ph.D., Interim Vice President for Student Engagement and Enrollment Services

Augustine O. Agho, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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