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Fall 2020 In-Person
Commencement Ceremonies Cancelled

K-State announced that it has cancelled in-person commencements scheduled for Nov. 20-22. 

The current conditions with positive COVID cases reaching record levels and the resulting pressure on our healthcare systems caused the university to first streamline and then to reconsider hosting an event of any type. After much consideration and consultation with university and county health administrators, the decision was made to cancel. We know that this is a disappointment for our graduates and their families. We share in this disappointment.

The K-State commencement committee is planning a virtual recognition event for December. This would be one small way to recognize graduates in the near-term. We also invite graduates from any term – spring, summer, and fall 2020 – to join a celebration in the spring. We are working quickly to confirm the details for both events and will share them with graduates via email and the commencement website.

Any decision to change commencement is incredibly difficult. Commencement is an honored tradition at K-State and an important milestone to mark the achievements of our graduates. We look forward to honoring our graduates in the best and safest way possible.


With the newly announced changes to Kansas State University commencement plans, the K-State Campus Store will be issuing refunds on recently purchased Bachelor’s and Master’s graduation regalia for students opting to not participate in the virtual ceremonies. The store will be accepting open packages, but purchase receipts are required.

Regalia returns can be in-store or via mail. Customers mailing their regalia will need to:

1. Package regalia for return shipping, including receipt.

2. Include full contact information in package: Name, phone number, email, return address

3. Ship to: ATTN: Graduation Returns K-State Campus Store 020 K-State Student Union Manhattan, KS 66506

Doctoral students can get a refund on their regalia, by contacting the store by the end of the day this Friday, November 13th. Store phone number is 785.532.6583. Hours Monday – Friday: 8am-6pm.

Faculty and Staff may call or email to cancel their reservation. Emails may be sent to km.crawford@follett.com. You will receive a confirmation for your cancellation refund.

Please direct students to the FAQ as there will be more details there.