We’re ready to celebrate!

 Join the University of the Potomac community as we celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2020

The Virtual Commencement Ceremony will start at 10:30 am on YouTube!


(YouTube link: https://youtu.be/Pd_SYD1T1iI)

Show us how you are celebrating!

Use the hashtag #UOTP2020Grad and #Potomac4Life

What’s included in the virtual commencement?

10:30 am: Virtual Commencement Begins

Invocation by Dr. Clinton Gardner, University of the Potomac President

National Anthem

President Dr. Clinton Gardner Introduction

Commencement Ceremony Speakers

Conferral of Degrees (look out for your personalized slide!)

Commencement Program Class of 2020


April 13, 2020

Dear: UOTP Graduate

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate you on successfully completing the academic requirements to receive your degree at University of the Potomac. We know that completing your degree is an exciting time for you and your family and friends who share in your success.

I am writing this letter to inform you that due to the on-going and continued concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, University of the Potomac has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Graduation Ceremony that was scheduled on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Since our public health experts continue to warn all entities to avoid conducting events and gatherings that involve bringing together large groups of people, and to ensure the continued safety of our entire community, we felt that it was important make this decision at this point on time.

Do know that this was a very difficult decision to make and we relied on information and recommendations from our public health professional to assist us in making this final decision. Our employees are exploring other ways to celebrate your accomplishment in a manner that does not violate the mandates that have been put in place by local, state and federal government officials. In the near future, we hope to share our thoughts and plans to help you celebrate the completion of your studies at Potomac.

Again, congratulations on achieving this great accomplishment. Our educational community enthusiastically welcomes you as the newest alumni of University of the Potomac.

Please stay safe and healthy during this challenging period in the history of our world. We look forward to reuniting with you in the near future.

Sincerely yours,




Clinton D. Gardner, Ph.D.



June commencement ceremony to move online; Honors Reception planned for October

Amid a worldwide effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, University of the Potomac will move its commencement activities online this summer and invite all Honor students and one guest to campus this fall to attend our Annual Honors Reception.

The University-wide ceremony will be held online at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2020. It will include welcoming comments, speeches, announcements of awards and honors, and most importantly, the conferring of degrees. All the University’s departments are committed to exploring creative online and virtual opportunities to recognize their graduates in June.

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University of the Potomac President Dr. Clinton Gardner acknowledged the mixed emotions he has heard from graduating students as changes have occurred. Most importantly, we understand that graduates and families need time to plan for commencement activities. Considering the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic and the responsive measures that the nation is taking, Dr. Gardner and other University leaders set in motion a plan for a truly memorable celebration in June.

Commencement is undoubtedly one of students’ greatest achievements at this point in their lives, and we will recognize and celebrate. It is unfortunate that we are experiencing a historic, unprecedented event that requires extraordinary actions. We have been following the government officials and CDC guidelines to stop the spread of the virus and protect our community while honoring our graduates in the most meaningful way we can.

Later this year, we will host our Annual Honors Reception for our honor students and one guest. Graduates will receive more information about this event as it becomes available.

For the latest information on the University’s response to the coronavirus, visit University of the Potomac website. Visit the University’s commencement website for detailed information on commencement-related activities.


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