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Commencement Information for Graduates

Regarding the Cancellation of the 2020 Event

Dear Graduates,

As you know, we will not be able to hold our traditional June in-person commencement. Based on the survey results from our graduates' preferences for alternative commencement options, we will be working toward an in-person commencement as soon as the Safer at Home orders are lifted and the COVID-19 pandemic has abated. The most recent indications are that this is unlikely to occur any sooner than Thanksgiving, and even then, we can't be sure how soon it will be safe to gather so large a group. As soon as a time and date are selected we will notify all graduates of those details.

Any graduate who prefers to participate in the June 2021 commencement rather than an earlier event (should that be possible) is very welcome to do so. You simply need to notify the Registrar’s office of your decision. We are also working on some form of virtual recognition that would take place, if possible, on the day and time graduation was originally scheduled (June 13, 2020 at 10:00am PST). This recognition—for which you do not need to be present—is one we feel necessary to honor our graduates, their families, and friends as soon as possible. Graduates' names will also be included, for the first time in Fuller's history, in the digital version of FULLER magazine.

I am so disappointed with you that this monumental occasion in your lives has to be disrupted in this way, making it impossible to recognize your achievements as originally planned in June of 2020—with all the cherished commencement week events. Commencement is the crowning event of our work together, and the faculty, staff, and administration grieve with you that this unavoidable decision had to be made. We look forward to celebrating your achievements with you as it is possible to do so safely and legally.

We pray daily for your safety and well-being during these troubled times, and thank God for the gift you are to Fuller. You have left an indelible mark on Fuller, and we bless you as you progress towards graduation to join the 44,000 alumni that make up our shared community around the world. You also have our prayers for stamina and concentration so that you may end your time at Fuller strong, assured not only in the wisdom and knowledge you have gained but also in the friendships and callings that have grown in this time. Few will truly know what hurdles you had to overcome to reach this life milestone, but I am eager that you feel the pride and acknowledgement and, yes, the joy that I feel with you on this remarkable achievement. Please know you are foremost in our minds in this season, and that we are proud to be part of your journey to impact the world for good.

Mari L. Clements


Those individuals who would like to rent cap, hood and gown for formal portraits, a social-distancing graduation party, or any other reason, can do so though Herff-Jones.


Customized diploma frames can be purchased online at any time from Herff-Jones.


Fuller class rings with the official Fuller Theological Seminary seal are available for purchase online from Herff-Jones.