Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation Frequently Asked Questions

What is a virtual graduation?

Much like a traditional, in-person graduation ceremony, a virtual graduation ceremony serves as a culmination of the hard work and effort you have put in to earn your degree at Rasmussen University. We are excited to share this opportunity for our Rasmussen community to come together safely to celebrate our graduate’s impressive accomplishments and their bright futures ahead.

During the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation ceremony, graduates who have RSVP’d for the ceremony will hear a commencement address from Interim President Dr. Ann Leja and a Key Note Speaker as well as view and listen to a slideshow of each graduate’s name read aloud with their degree program and (optional) photo displayed.

When is the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation?

The Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation will become available on October 29, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) and 7:00 p.m. (Eastern). The recorded ceremony will be available to view until January 2022 to make it convenient for you to watch with your family and friends.

Which graduates will attend the Virtual Graduation in October 2021?

All students who have or will graduate in the following quarters are invited to attend:

  • Spring 2021
  • Summer 2021

How can I attend the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation?

Graduates must RSVP or “register for commencement” on the Student Portal if they would like to participate in the Virtual Graduation. Go to the Student Portal, hover over the “Resources” icon and select the “Graduation” tab. Then click onto “Commencement dates and registration.” Complete the registration for the Virtual Graduation associated with your campus. Each campus will be in contact with all graduates that register for this event. Communication will be sent to all students registered with a link to watch the commencement as we near October 29. The link will also be shared across the Rasmussen University social media channels and the Student Portal. Graduates will be able to access that link and watch the graduation until January 2022.

Where do I register for the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation?

Go to the Student Portal, hover over the “Resources” icon and select the “Graduation” tab. Then click onto “Commencement dates and registration.” Complete the registration for the Virtual Graduation associated with your campus. The deadline to register and be included in the event is September 24, 2021. (Although not required, the deadline to order your cap and gown is July 30, 2021.)

How do I submit a photo to be displayed on my personalized slide?

Graduates interested in having their photo displayed during the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation must email their headshot (preferably wearing cap and gown) to the campus Virtual Graduation email address provided to them by the campus for which they RSVP'd. The deadline to submit a photo is September 24, 2021.

Photos must be in the file type of JPG or PNG. We recommend a minimum of 640 x 800 pixel resolution and a maximum of 2000 x 2000. The maximum file size accepted is 3 MB. Additionally, we ask graduates to consider the following guidelines when taking a new photo:

  1. Have someone else take your photo. No selfies.
  2. Avoid taking your picture in front of a window or facing the sun.
  3. Photos from the waist up are preferred.
  4. Photos can be taken vertically or horizontally as well as indoors or outdoors.
  5. Please do not add distracting or unnatural filters or text.
  6. Please no dark or blurry images.

Can I share the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation link with others?

Yes! We want you to and encourage you to share the link so your family and friends can celebrate this incredible achievement with you.

Will the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation be live or recorded?

The Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation ceremony will be recorded. On October 29, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. (Central) and 7:00 p.m. (Eastern), graduates will be able to view the commencement for the first time. The recording of the ceremony will be available to view until January 2022.

Can I watch the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation ceremony at another time?

Yes! You can watch the virtual graduation at any time that is convenient for you and your family and friends. This is a special celebration, and we want you to watch when it is convenient for you.

Will there be a student speaker from my campus?

Yes! Each campus will have a student speaker. The student selected will represent the graduating students of the campus and will play a very important role in the ceremony. The campus will be providing more information on how you can apply for this honor in June 2021.

How long will the Rasmussen University Virtual Graduation ceremony be?

Depending on the size of the campus, the Virtual Graduation ceremony length may vary. Please plan on at least an hour to two hours.

Do I need to (or can I) still order a cap and gown?

Caps and gowns are not required for this event. However, graduates attending the Virtual Graduation will be able to submit an optional headshot photo that will display along with your degree during the virtual graduation as your name is read aloud. You are welcome to send a photo of yourself in your cap and gown or professional attire. The deadline to submit a photo to your campus Virtual Graduation email is September 24, 2021.

Who is my Campus Graduation Liaison?

Each campus has a team of Graduation Liaisons. Your graduation liaison will connect with you via email keeping you informed of next steps. The first step is to RSVP for the Virtual Graduation on the Student Portal > Resources > Graduation.

Where do I order my cap and gown?

You can order your cap and gown at https://www.jostens.com/.

When is the deadline to order my cap and gown?

The deadline to order your cap and gown is July 30, 2021, if you want to receive them in time to take a photo and submit it to be displayed during the Virtual Graduation ceremony.

I already have my cap and gown and do not plan to use them. Can I return them?

Unopened packages for caps, gowns and tassels will be credited in the amount of $16.30, not including the cost to ship the package to Josten’s warehouse in South Carolina. Please contact your Campus Director for specific return instructions. Custom stoles may not be returned.

How do I get my honors cords if I am graduating with honors?

If you have graduated with honors and would like to request your honors cord, please email your Student Advisor by September 17, 2021. Arrangements will be made to either pick up the honor cords or have them mailed to your home in time for the Virtual Graduation ceremony.

How do I get my diploma cover?

Please contact your campus graduation liaison or advisor to make arrangements to pick up your diploma cover safely from the campus.

I’d prefer to attend a live, in-person graduation ceremony. Can I attend the next live event in my local area once it is safe to do so?

Yes. Students will have the option to attend the next available in-person graduation ceremony. You will need to check the Student Portal for more details. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing concerns and risk related to the pandemic, no in-person graduation ceremonies are scheduled for 2021 at this time.

Will there be a pinning ceremony event?

Our nursing students will be invited to participate in a separate virtual program completion ceremony. Each campus will provide more details on this celebration. Students are to contact their Nursing Dean regarding specifics on receiving nursing pins.

When will I received my diploma in the mail?

As students approach graduation, they must ensure their student account balance is paid in full prior to graduating, or they will not receive their official transcript and diploma. Students can view student payment plans by visiting the Student Account Center at portal.rasmussen.edu. Diplomas are shipped from a third-party vendor to students 10–12 weeks after classes end.

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