Commencement 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020, on accomplishing your academic goals during these unprecedented times. Even though the response to the COVID-19 outbreak has affected plans for Commencement, the University is dedicated to honoring you and recognizing your achievements.

Based on the feedback you provided, we are moving forward with hosting an in-person ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2020, in the M. Anthony Burns Arena, dependent on all safety guidelines being in effect at that time.

We will be hosting three ceremonies on the 11th of December to insure a safe experience for all graduates and their families. Information on those can be found below.

Please check back regularly to keep updated on specific information including ceremony start time, processional information, Grad Fair, and more, as it becomes available.

Information for the 109th Commencement Ceremony

First Baccalaureate

Colleges of Business,
Health Sciences,
and Science, Engineering and Technology

6:30 a.m. Doors Open
7:00 a.m. Line-Up
8:00 a.m. March
8:30 a.m. Ceremony Starts

Second Baccalaureate

Colleges of Humanitites, Education, and Arts

11:30 a.m. Doors Open
12:00 p.m. Line-Up
1:00 p.m. March
1:30 p.m. Ceremony Starts


Associates Degrees Ceremony

4:30 p.m. Doors Open
5:00 p.m. Line-Up
6:00 p.m. March
6:30 p.m. Ceremony Starts

Graduate Slideshow

You submitted your photos, and although we were not able to use all of them in our Just for Now video, we wanted everyone to be able to see your favorite memories at DSU.

Congrats Grads

To all our 2020 graduates, we here at Dixie State have a message we want to share with you…

Dear Trailblazer

We asked a few graduates to participate in an interview for graduation, but instead surprised them with a letter from a loved one…#DearTrailblazer

Dear Trailblazer from President Williams

Part two of our #DearTrailblazer series comes with a special message from our very own Dixie State University President. Do you know a DSU Grad? Then help us celebrate them today by texting them, calling them or shouting them out on social media by using #DearTrailblazer to let them know how proud you are of them.

Just for Now

The singing of “Just for Now” during the DSU Commencement Ceremony is a cherished Dixie tradition. Originally composed by Roene DiFiore in 1949, “Just for Now” embodies the Dixie Spirit unique to our campus.The Dixie Spirit is instilled in each student through the friendships they make and the paths they have forged throughout their time at DSU. As we celebrate our graduates, we hope they remember that even as their time as a student comes to a close they will always have a home at Dixie.

Want to check-out our whole graduation youtube playlist? Access all our graduation and commencement videos by clicking below

Show your DSU Pride on Social Media



To download your graduation cap virtually go to @dixiestate on instagram. Click on our filters tab and click “Try it”. It’s that easy.


You can find any of the DSU Gifs by searching thedixielife or dixiestate on instagram.

Story Templates

Want to leave a #deartrailblazer message for your graduate? Save our story template or take a screenshot from our Instagram stories. Then tell your grad how proud you are of them.



Try on your graduation cap virtually via your Facebook story. Click on the link below or visit the Dixie State University Facebook page.

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Profile Photo

Click on the link below or visit the Dixie State University Facebook page to get your profile photo temporary frame and let everyone know you are a Dixie State University Graduate.

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Learn tips for life after graduation from fellow 2020 DSU Graduate Brett Coleman.
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Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

What is the plan for Commencement?

Dixie State University has rescheduled its 109th Commencement Ceremony for Friday, December 11, 2020, in the M. Anthony Burns Arena on the DSU campus. There will be three ceremonies on that day broken up by college and then Associate Degrees. The University is so proud of our graduates and all the hard work they have exerted to reach this point in their academic journeys and is excited to celebrate their accomplishments. If you have specific questions, please email

Do I need to RSVP to participate in Commencement?

Yes. Graduates must RSVP on or before August 1, 2020, if they are planning on participating in the 109th Commencement Ceremony. To RSVP, visit and fill out the RSVP form.

Will I receive my diploma?

Yes. Diplomas will be mailed out after graduation requirements have been verified.

Will I receive my cap, gown, honors regalia, etc.?

Caps, gowns, honors stoles, and cords will be available at the Grad Fair, where all graduating students also will receive a gift from the DSU Alumni Association, enjoy snacks, and have the opportunity to purchase Dixie State memorabilia from the Campus Store booth and join the Alumni Association. Details regarding the date and time of the Grad Fair will be provided soon.

Do my family members need tickets to attend Commencement?

Yes everyone attending the 109th Commencement will need a ticket. Students will be given tickets to distribute to their guests.

Are college receptions and other associated banquets and celebrations being held?

Yes. College receptions will be held Dec. 10. Details specific to your college’s reception will be sent to your Dmail account in the coming months.

Who is invited to walk in the 109th Commencement Ceremony?

Students who graduated with an associate, baccalaureate, or master’s degree in the Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020, or Fall 2020 semesters are invited to participate in the Dec. 11 ceremony.

If I graduate in Fall 2020, do I have to walk in December or can I choose to walk in Spring 2021?

Fall 2020 graduates may walk in the Dec. 11, 2020, ceremony or the May 7, 2021, ceremony.

Will I be reimbursed for my graduation fee if I can’t attend the December 11 ceremony?

No. The graduation fee is being applied to costs associated with producing the Dec. 11 Commencement Ceremony, processing degrees, and printing and mailing diplomas. It is the University’s hope that with the eight months of advance notice, graduates will be able to make arrangements to come back to St. George to celebrate this monumental accomplishment with their classmates.

Could the December Commencement ceremony be postponed or canceled?

Yes. Dixie State will continue to follow local, state, and national guidelines for safeguarding against COVID-19, and all future plans are dependent on the recommendations being made at that time. Although we will move forward with planning Commencement, if any new directives or guidelines are provided that would impact the Commencement ceremony, we will postpone or cancel as advised.

Dixie State University COVID-19 Emergency Operations Plan

For the most updated information regarding DSU’s COVID-19 Emergency Operation Plan visit the link below.

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