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The Carthage Class of 2020

Congratulations to our students earning their bachelor’s or master’s degrees this year! Based on overwhelming feedback in our recent survey, Carthage will mark your personal milestone with two Commencement celebrations: a virtual graduation event on Saturday, May 23 — the original 2020 Commencement date — and a traditional Commencement ceremony on campus at a later date. 

Visit the Virtual Commencement 2020 website

Once we learn definitively when the statewide order restricting large gatherings will be lifted, we’ll determine a makeup date for the in-person ceremony. Here are some updates regarding the two celebrations and other important events for impending graduates:

Commencement 2020 Events

April 14-27, 2020

Virtual Grad Gear-Up 
Our Virtual Grad Gear-Up is now live. Go to to do all the things you would have done at the in-person event: Vote for the Class of 2020 faculty speaker and class color; send thank-you notes to faculty and staff; and complete exit counseling with the Office of Student Financial Planning, the Office of the Registrar, and The Aspire Center. Most importantly, any graduate who still needs to order their cap and gown may do so. All orders will be mailed by the College beginning May 4. New this year: We are asking all graduates to upload a photo to be shown during our virtual ceremony. You must do this by April 27. Just use the link above and log in using your Carthage credentials.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Virtual Commencement 
Join us for this unique ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments on May 23 as you and your families had planned. All graduate names will be read, and photos submitted during Grad Gear-Up will be shown. In addition, we’ll be sharing photos on social media that day of graduates in their caps and gowns, so be sure to take a photo once your cap and gown arrive (fun or serious — whatever way you wish to express yourself). On May 23, post your photo to social media using #carthage20. Make sure to wear your regalia during the virtual ceremony, as we will ask students to perform the symbolic tradition of moving their tassels signaling the attainment of their degree.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Drive-Thru Diploma Pickup
All Carthage College Class of 2020 graduates are invited to campus on Wednesday, June 10, to collect their diplomas at a celebratory drive-through diploma pickup! This event will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Decorate your vehicle to show your Carthage pride. We’ll award a “Best in Show” Carthage Alumni swag basket to the winning car.
Please RSVP

Oct. 2-3, 2020

Homecoming Weekend 
We are optimistic by this fall, social distancing restrictions will be lifted and we’ll be in a position to celebrate homecoming as a community. We hope many of you will return to Carthage for Homecoming 2020. We have already started to plan how we can celebrate the Class of 2020 during the festivities. Watch for information as Homecoming nears.

To Be Announced

On-Campus Commencement 
Save your cap and gown! All 2020 graduates and their families will be invited back to participate in an on-campus commencement ceremony. You will have the opportunity to walk across the stage as the capstone of your college career.