Liberty University moves commencement for September

In lieu of a main commencement ceremony, graduates and families are invited to attend the Flames’ opening home football game

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LYNCHBURG, Va. – Members of Liberty University’s Class of 2020 are going to have a wait a few more months to receive their diplomas.

Liberty announced Tuesday that commencement has been rescheduled to Sept. 11-12.

All degree presentation ceremonies will be held on Friday, Sept. 11.

The next day, instead of a main commencement ceremony, all graduates and their families are invited to celebrate the Class of 2020 at the Flames’ opening home football game.

“We were looking forward to celebrating all of our graduates’ achievements in May, but the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and consequential executive orders have caused us to reschedule,” said Liberty President Jerry Falwell. “Our graduates have worked so hard to reach this important milestone and they deserve the best Commencement possible, so we are excited to announce that we will celebrate with them in September, with all of the Liberty family.”

All graduates will receive a free ticket to the game.

An RSVP form for September events will be distributed later this week.

Liberty is in the process of finalizing details for Commencement 2020 and will be posting regular updates to the Commencement website at

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