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COLUMBUS, Miss.-- For the health and well-being of students, faculty, staff and the community, Mississippi University for Women will recognize summer graduates during the 2020 Virtual Summer Commencement Exercise set for Saturday, Aug. 1 at 9 a.m.

“When we announced our plans for a traditional ceremony later this summer, it was pending the status of the public health emergency. While we eagerly want to recognize the achievements of our graduates on our campus, we must recognize that current health guidelines limiting gatherings will not allow us to do so at this time,” said Dr. Scott Tollison, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are excited to recognize our summer graduates through a virtual commencement and when appropriate, we remain committed to holding in-person commencement exercises for our spring and summer graduates.”

The ceremony will broadcast from a link on the university’s homepage,, the morning of the online commencement. Summer graduates are encouraged to share their celebratory photos through The W’s social media channels with #TheBlueForYou and #LongBlueLine hashtags. Photos and videos also may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For students who may have already rented regalia, please use the following link to indicate your preference for a refund or to leave the order in place for a rescheduled ceremony:

The university will contact graduates once in-person ceremonies can resume and deemed safe. The W will continue to monitor guidelines issued by the Center for Disease Control.

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June 18, 2020
Contact: Tyler Wheat
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