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Due to current and anticipated distancing protocols surrounding COVID-19, Thomas Edison State University will not hold an in-person Commencement ceremony this year.

To Our 2020 Graduates:

Please accept our sincere congratulations on earning your degree! We are honored that you chose TESU in this transformative endeavor.

University leadership continues to adhere to state and federal guidelines concerning COVID-19 distancing protocols associated with large in-person events and social gatherings. In light of the current and anticipated protocols, TESU will not hold an in-person Commencement this year. In response to recent survey feedback from our graduates, we have decided to host a virtual Commencement ceremony on Oct. 19.

In addition, all graduates who would have attended the Fall 2020 Commencement will be invited in July 2021 to attend next year’s (Fall 2021) in-person Commencement ceremony.

To help 2020 grads celebrate their accomplishment, we have mailed all graduates from December 2019 through September 2020 a “Commencement Celebration Box.” The box is unique to the current graduating class and contains items that have previously been given exclusively to graduates who attend a Thomas Edison State University Commencement in person. We hope this box represents our desire to mark this occasion properly. Look for your box in the coming days.

You should have also received an email from TESU’s Commencement virtual event vendor, StageClip. Please be sure to follow the instructions in the email and use the link provided to upload your personal message, video or image by Oct. 12 so we can celebrate your accomplishment with the entire University community.

What’s the difference between ‘Graduation’ and ‘Commencement’ at TESU?
It’s important to know difference. Although the University’s Board of Trustees confers degrees on four graduation dates each year, there is only one annual TESU Commencement ceremony customarily held each September in Trenton, N.J. All graduates receiving their degrees during the previous year’s graduation cycles are customarily invited to celebrate with their family and friends at this event.

Even though we cannot celebrate in person this year, the University recognizes your significant achievement and wishes you the best as you commemorate the occasion with family and friends.

For more information contact the Office of the Registrar at (609) 984-1180 or

Learn more about your academic regalia and what your Graduation Fee covers; and be sure to update your email address to receive important information about Commencement.

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Toni M. Terry, BA

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