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Rasmussen College 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 College. While this isn’t the graduation experience any of us wanted or expected this year, it is a way for our Rasmussen community to come together safely and celebrate our graduates' impressive accomplishments and the bright future ahead.

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

When is the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation?

The Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation will become available on September 4, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. (Central time). The ceremony will be available to view through the end of the year.

How can I attend the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation?

Graduates will receive an email in mid-August with a link, which will include a recording of the commencement. The link will also be shared across the Rasmussen College social media channels and the Student Portal. Please note, while the link will be made available mid-August, the recording of the commencement will go live on September 4 at 6:00 p.m. (Central time). Graduates will be able to access that link and watch the commencement through the end of the year.

Where do I register for the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation?

No registration is required. All graduates impacted by the recent ceremony cancellations will receive communications with a link to watch the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation.

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

Graduates interested in having their photo displayed during the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation must email their headshot (preferably wearing cap and gown) and their Media Release Form to their Campus Graduation Liaison by July 31, 2020.

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 College Virtual Graduation link with others?

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

Will the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation be live or recorded?

The Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation ceremony will be recorded. On September 4, 2020, graduates will be able to view the commencement for the first time. The recording of the ceremony will be available to view through the end of the year.

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

Yes! Starting September 4th, you can watch the Rasmussen College 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, which is why we are making the recording of the ceremony available to view through the end of the year.

Who will be the keynote speaker for the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation?

We are excited for our Rasmussen community to hear from Dr. Ann Leja, Interim President of Rasmussen College. She will give our keynote address followed by the slideshow presentation of our graduates.

How long will the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation ceremony be?

Depending on the size of the graduating class on your campus, the Rasmussen College 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. However, graduates taking part in the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation will be able to submit an optional headshot photo in the coming weeks that will be displayed along with your degree during the virtual ceremony as your name is read aloud. You are welcome to send a photo of yourself in your cap and gown (optional) with a Media Release Form to your Campus Graduation Liaison.

Who is my Campus Graduation Liaison?

Each campus has a team of Graduation Liaisons. Your graduation liaison will connect with you via email.

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 June 15th if you want to receive them in time to take a photo and submit it to be displayed during the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation ceremony. If you would like to order your cap and gown and NOT submit your photo wearing them, the deadline is September 30th.

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?

The campus will be reaching out to students who have graduated with honors. You will have the opportunity to request your honors cords by June 15th in order for them to be sent to your home in time for the Rasmussen College Virtual Graduation ceremony.

How do I get my diploma cover?

You may pick up your diploma cover from the campus once the campus has opened safely. The College and your campus will send you information on how to do this when they reopen.

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.

Will there also be a virtual pinning ceremony event?

Please reach out to your campus Nursing Dean regarding pinning ceremonies, if you have not heard from them already.

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