MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Message to the Class of 2020
from Deans Barton and Blackburn

Important notice: Commencement canceled

GSBS 2020 Commencement: As the Graduate School and our parent institutions, MD Anderson Cancer Center and UTHealth, continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak, it is with considerable regret that the GSBS announces the cancellation of the 2020 GSBS Commencement Ceremony, which was to be held on May 9, 2020.

Please note that students, who completed all degree requirements in 2019/2020 and would normally be eligible or planning to receive their diplomas at the 2020 ceremony, will still receive their degrees/diplomas. The deadline to complete all degree requirements for students who plan to graduate in the spring semester is Friday, May 1, 2020.
At this time, we are planning how best to honor all of our graduates from the summer and fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters, who are eligible to participate in the 2020 ceremony. For now, the Graduate School will put together a digital and printed commencement-like program and order commemorative tassels as keepsakes for all of our graduates. Please be sure to input your mailing address and email address into the alumni exit form so we can send these keepsakes to you as soon as they are available.
We also want to extend an invitation to our graduates to participate in the 2021 GSBS Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 22, 2021. More information about this will be sent to you at a later date. A combined 2020/2021 Commencement ceremony is sure to be extra-special, and we hope our entire GSBS community will participate.
Students who have already rented their regalia for the 2020 ceremony will receive refunds from Graduate Affairs. Please click here for more detailsIf you have any further questions, please contact Joy Lademora.