COMM Commencement 2020

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Unfortunately, due to ongoing challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, including state and local guidelines banning large gatherings, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone this year’s in-person Commencement celebration. We know how deeply disappointing this is for Stanford’s 2020 graduates and their families.

The University is making plans to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our graduating students in a virtual celebration on June 14, 2020 at 10am. This virtual celebration will begin with a live-streamed experience, highlighting student voices and acknowledging the unusual circumstances. It will also feature additional material that can be explored over time. It will not replicate or replace a traditional Commencement ceremony.

The University has committed to holding an in-person, on-campus Commencement celebration for 2020 graduates at a future date. The timing and format will depend on the evolution of the COVID-19 situation.

Message to Graduates

Dear 2020 Graduates from the Department of Communication,

Congratulations! In your time at Stanford, you’ve studied the ways that communication techniques and technologies shape who we are, how we govern ourselves, and what kinds of cultures we inhabit. Knowing how to think about those questions is increasingly important, especially in an era marked by new stresses on social, economic, and political institutions.

The degree you’re receiving has many facets. Faculty in the department believe that a degree in Communication should give graduates:

  1. a knowledge of media communication systems and how they work;
  2. critical thinking skills and research techniques that can be applied across multiple domains;
  3. a fund of self-knowledge and moral development;
  4. the ability to participate effectively as citizens in a highly mediated world;
  5. a robust intellectual and professional network;
  6. the ability to signal the quality of their intellects and achievements with their degrees;
  7. and above all, an intrinsic love of learning.

Our faculty also look forward to welcoming you back down the road for an in-person, official celebration of all you’ve accomplished as students and the promise of what you’re set to discover as alums. 


Jeremy Bailenson, Director of Graduate Studies
James T. Hamilton, Chair
Fred Turner, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Graduation Program