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.

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The virtual commencement will premiere 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 the deans and division chairs, just as they would at a typical in-person ceremony. 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.

In addition to the virtual event video, you and your friends and families will have opportunities to celebrate together across distances through hosted watch parties, a virtual memory wall on the Watch page featuring photos, videos, and messages from the Caltech community, and a virtual toast to the 2020 graduates with President Rosenbaum and Professor Faber immediately after the ceremony.

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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.