Commencement News

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Commencement Information

UPDATED: May 8, 2020

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Vincennes University Offers Two Commencement Options

Vincennes University is pleased to offer two options for our 2020 graduating class!
  1. Spring graduates will have the opportunity to participate in a single University-wide “virtual commencement” ceremony, planned to be released in late June.  This ceremony will be offered with our partner Grad Images and will be available to all VU graduates, from all campuses and locations. 

  2. All 2020 graduates (spring and fall) will be invited to celebrate their milestone at the Vincennes Campus during the mid-year Commencement ceremony on December 5, 2020.

Spring graduates may choose to participate in either or both of these options. 

Students who participate in the virtual commencement will receive information directly from Grad Images. You will be asked to send a picture and other relevant information that will make your commencement especially meaningful. In addition, VU will send you a special 'Celebration Package' with items that can be used in the virtual ceremony.

Information about our mid-year commencement will be sent to each graduate in late Summer. Watch your email.

All students who complete the academic requirements for graduation will receive their diploma by mail a few weeks after the end of the spring semester, as regularly scheduled.

Please click on the link to read the entire letter from President Chuck Johnson.


Any student who wishes to purchase the entire regalia may do so by contacting the VU Bookstrore.  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. Graduates not participating the virtual ceremony may contact the Registrar's office if they would like to purchase a Honors Stole for $20. Please email for more information. There will be no formal Honors Convocation this year due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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.

Each year as VU Graduates leave our campus, we are required to gather destination information.  If you have secured full time employment related to your major, please click the link below and complete the 2 minute survey.  If you haven't landed that perfect job yet, don't worry, we'll contact you later.  Many companies are currently hiring.  If you could use help finding employment, the VU Career Center is ready to help. Give us a call 812.888.4280!