On April 16 Caltech announced that, due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 outbreak, the 126th commencement will be restructured to a two-part celebration: a virtual conferring of degrees and graduation ceremony on June 12, followed by an in-person event when it is safe to do so.

Read the full announcement.

About the Virtual Event:
The virtual commencement will air on June 12, 2020, at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on commencement.caltech.edu/watch. The ceremony will include remarks from President Rosenbaum and Board Chair David Lee, special remarks from notable Caltech alumni and friends of Caltech, and the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees. During the degree conferral, individual student names will be read by your deans and division chairs, just as they would at a typical in-person commencement event. In addition, the virtual nature of this event provides us the opportunity to create a personalized slide for each graduate to accompany the reading of names.

Ways to Connect Virtually:
In addition to the virtual event video airing at 10 a.m. on June 12, you and your friends and families will have opportunities to celebrate together across distances and from the comfort of your residences through student-hosted watch parties, virtual class photos, and a memory wall on the commencement website that will feature submitted photos, videos, and messages from the Caltech community. More information on these ways to connect will be shared soon.

Connect With Us

Use hashtag #Caltech2020 to share the big day on social media!

A Message From Caltech President Thomas F. Rosenbaum

Caltech's president speaks about the decision to hold a virtual commencement celebration on June 12, followed by an in-person event when it is safe to do so, and about the many sacrifices the Caltech community is making.