Commencement News for Spring 2019 Graduates

All times are Eastern Times ~ Please watch this page as information may change closer to commencement.

Commencement Information

UPDATED: March 18, 2020 - 3:00 p.m.

News and Updates:
  New Age Vector Clipart EPS ImagesNovel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Commencement Weekend 2020

Despite our best hopes for being able to hold traditional commencement ceremonies at various locations, VU is cancelling all face-to-face commencements scheduled through May 16. VU is currently exploring options for alternative dates later in the year as well as possible “virtual” commencement activities. Should we go with an alternative date for commencement, we will provide information on how to order caps and gowns.

Please visit Vincennes University's Coronavirus webpage.

Caps, gowns, and tassels may be ordered online through the Old Post Bookstore. Please visit for more information and details.The cost of the set, which the graduate keeps, is $35.00 plus tax for Associate degree graduates and $45.00 plus tax for Baccalaureate degree graduates. Additional tassels may be purchased for $5.00 each.

Graduation announcements are also available for purchase through the Bookstore.

Military Cords will be available in the Veterans Support Services Office located in the Extended Studies building (ES 87) on the corner of 4th Street and College Ave.


Graduates are candidates for academic honors if their cumulative GPA is 3.50 or higher. The honors category will be indicated next to the student's name on the Commencement program. Honors candidates should present this information to the Registrar's Office during the week of May 4 to receive their honor regalia. Stoles are $20. There will be no formal Honors Convocation this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

New Age Vector Clipart EPS ImagesPETITION TO GRADUATE
Students need to meet with their Academic Advisor in their respective College to begin the petition to graduate process. Petitions must be returned to the Registrar's Office no later than Friday, April  15, 2020. It is also important to note that graduation audits are completed in the order they are received in the Registrar's Office. Petitions to Graduate received after April 15, may not be processed in time for inclusion in the commencement program.Please contact your advisor.

Final examinations for all students will be held the following week (May11-May15).

 Book Buy-Back and Rental Return Students have an opportunity to sell many of their books at the end of each semester. Book buy-back is scheduled May 11 - 18, in front of the VU Bookstore during normal hours of operation. Rental books are to be returned to the Bookstore during this time. If rental books are not returned by May 18 penalty charges will be added to the student's account and/or students can be charged the full amount of the book. This could also hold up the release of diploma, transcripts, and grades.