December 2020 Commencement Ceremony

Congrats graduate balloon

The university celebrated the December 2020 graduates with a virtual celebration. Click the name of your academic school below to open the link to your virtual ceremony.

Find Your Virtual Ceremony

School of Arts and Sciences

  • Communications Media
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English Studies
  • Game Design
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Political Science
  • Sociology

Download the School of Arts & Sciences Commencement Program

The list of graduates was prepared before final grades were reported and inclusion herein does not constitute evidence of graduation. Conversely, the absence of a student’s name from this list does not mean that the person will not be awarded a degree. To be included in December Virtual Commencement Ceremony, applications for graduation were due no later than November 9th. 

School of Education

  • Education 

Download the School of Education Commencement Program

The list of graduates was prepared before final grades were reported and inclusion herein does not constitute evidence of graduation. Conversely, the absence of a student’s name from this list does not mean that the person will not be awarded a degree.  To be included in December Virtual Commencement Ceremony, applications for graduation were due no later than November 9th. 

Find Your Virtual Ceremony

School of Business and Technology

  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Industrial Technology
  • Occupational/Vocational Education
  • Technology Education

Download the School of Business & Technology Commencement Program

The list of graduates was prepared before final grades were reported and inclusion herein does not constitute evidence of graduation. Conversely, the absence of a student’s name from this list does not mean that the person will not be awarded a degree. To be included in December Virtual Commencement Ceremony, applications for graduation were due no later than November 9th. 

School of Health and Natural Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Exercise & Sports Science
  • Geographic Science & Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Nursing
  • Psychological Science

Download the School of Health & Natural Sciences Commencement Program

The list of graduates was prepared before final grades were reported and inclusion herein does not constitute evidence of graduation. Conversely, the absence of a student’s name from this list does not mean that the person will not be awarded a degree. To be included in December Virtual Commencement Ceremony, applications for graduation were due no later than November 9th. 

Graduate Information

Academic Honors - Undergraduates

Academic honors are awarded to undergraduates based on a minimum of 45 semester hours of courses taken at Fitchburg State University.

  • Cum Laude – 3.2 or higher GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude – 3.8 or higher GPA

Honors designation in the commencement program will be based upon the student’s cumulative grade point average at the time of program production. Students with honors will wear academic medallions that you will pick up the evening of commencement at the Athletics and Recreation Center.

Final honors status will be determined by the Registrar and will be identified on your final transcript and diploma.

Students completing their graduation requirements in the our Honors Program will have their thesis listed in the commencement program. 

Important Reminders

If you took courses at another university, transcripts must be received in the Registrar's Office by January 3rd.

All unresolved obligations, such as library fines, student loans, unpaid bills, and residence hall damages must be settled before an official transcript can be issued. 

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns have arrived at the University Bookstore and are available for purchase both in store and on the bookstore website at fitchburgstateshop.com.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the University Bookstore at: bookstore@fitchburgstate.edu or by calling 978.665.4026.

The sleeves of the gown indicate the degree the individual has completed. The bachelor’s degree has long, pointed sleeves, while the master’s has oblong sleeves, open at the wrist, with the front part cut in an arc.

The hood distinguishes the institution from which the wearer is graduating and the degree being awarded.

Please contact the bookstore directly with any questions concerning academic regalia at 978.665.4026.

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

The virtual ceremony premiered at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. 

Diplomas

All diplomas will be mailed to you in January 2021 to be placed in the diploma cover you receive at the ceremony. Your name will be engraved on your diploma as you indicate on your commencement application. Care is taken to accurately produce your diploma. In the event we make a mistake, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 978.665.4196 or via email and a corrected one will be issued.

Important Contact Information


Commencement Honorees

Valedictorian

Caroline Anderson

Valedictorian Caroline Anderson December 2020

Caroline Anderson is graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and a record of significant scholarship and academic achievement at Fitchburg State University.

Anderson’s passion for the world around her is reflected in her major of environmental and earth science with a minor in chemistry. She has a deep interest in climate change and its impacts on the ocean.

As an undergraduate, Anderson was among the first cohort of students to participate in a grant-funded summer research program in which she worked with peers and faculty members on projects related to the local environmental and community health. The following summer, Anderson returned to the program as a peer mentor.

She has presented original research at conferences across the U.S. and in Puerto Rico, and interned with Professor Jane Huang on a project for the Worcester County Overdose Death Response Initiative Project, an effort begun by the Worcester District Attorney’s Office in response to the opioid crisis.

Anderson was also the valedictorian of her graduating class at St. Bernard’s Catholic High School in Fitchburg, where she was awarded the Rensselaer Medal for excellence in math and science.

Following graduation, Anderson is pursuing graduate school to continue her studies in oceanography.

Graduate Student Leadership Award

Michelle Tilden

Michelle Tilden

Michelle Tilden is a career educator, having worked with diverse learners for nearly 30 years. Since 2002, she has taught early education at Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin, where her students are training for employment in the field of human services.

Like many graduate students, Tilden had to balance personal and professional challenges with her scholastic demands. She overcame these hardships to complete her degree and graduates with a Master of Education in Occupational Education.

In being nominated for this award, Tilden’s advisor cited numerous contributions to her field, including bringing students to the national SkillsUSA conference where they won 4th place. The experience led her to be one of the lead advisors for many years. She continues to coach individuals and teams of students from the early education program.

At her school, Tilden has shown herself to be a leader through service on numerous committees and training projects. She is the vocational representative for a team of teachers and administrators who work together on improving the educator evaluation process in their district. The vision for this evaluation process is to embrace a collaborative coaching model of evaluation with an emphasis on reflective practices to promote individual and school development and growth, recognizing individual strengths and contributions consistent with continuous school improvement and the school’s core values.

Additional Information

For more information on commencement, contact the Academic Affairs Office.