Commencement 2020


September 30, 2020

Dear UNC Charlotte Class of 2020,

I am writing to you today because UNC Charlotte promised an update by the end of September 2020 on our decision to conduct an in-person ceremony for May 2020 graduates, before this year ends.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our daily lives, our priority remains preserving and protecting the health and safety of our Niner family. Based on public health guidance, we delayed the start of face-to-face instruction and will move back to virtual instruction after Thanksgiving. 

Further, we are uncertain about the timing of the state’s reopening guidelines and continued limitations around large gatherings.  We do not believe we will be able to hold a traditional in-person commencement ceremony in December or January. 

Therefore, we are moving forward with plans for a virtual celebration to honor all of our 2020 graduates (May, August and December) on Friday, January 8, 2021. The University will work with student and faculty leaders to create a commemoration that is meaningful for our graduates and their families. Our commencement website and FAQs will also be updated with the latest information.

I know this is disappointing news for many of you. You have worked hard for your degree. And for many, this moment is one an entire family has worked toward. While an in-person ceremony is a wonderful tradition that symbolizes the culmination of your college career, please know that a virtual ceremony does nothing to lessen your accomplishments or this important milestone in your life.   

We will do everything we can to make your virtual graduation in January a memorable and celebratory event. In the meantime, know that all of us at UNC Charlotte are cheering you on in the next phase of your life. Go Niners!


Sharon L. Gaber, Chancellor

Sharon L. Gaber



The Center for Graduate Life:
The Graduate School

International VISAS and other related information:
International Student/Scholar Office

Campus Accessibility:
Campus Accessibility