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Commencement and Degree Conferral

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March 19, 2021

A message from President Mangelsdorf

In an email to the University community, President Sarah C. Mangelsdorf announced the University will conduct hybrid commencement exercises on the weekends of May 14-16 and 20-23 that will prioritize in-person participation for our current campus community of eligible graduates, faculty, and staff. All commencement events will be streamed live online for family and friends to remotely share in our graduates’ special day. Any graduate unable to participate in person will be able to join virtually. She also outlined planning efforts to offer in-person celebrations for the Class of 2020 at a future date.

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Commencement 2021

  • Hybrid ceremonies: After careful consideration, the University leadership working closely with the Coronavirus University Restart Team (CURT) has decided to conduct hybrid commencement exercises on the weekends of May 14-16 and 20-23 that will prioritize in-person participation for our current campus community of eligible graduates, faculty, and staff.
  • Virtual participation: Any graduate unable to participate in person will be able to join virtually.
  • Live streaming: All commencement events will be streamed live online for family and friends to remotely share in our graduates’ special day.
  • Visitor policy: Our current policy is to keep the campus closed to visitors through the end of the academic year. Therefore, visitors will not be allowed to attend the ceremonies in person.
  • Regalia: All regalia orders will be taken online through Oak Hall’s website. Orders are due April 30, 2021.
  • Ceremony schedule: Commencement 2021 will take place on two consecutive weekends: May 14-16 and 20-23. Visit our Class of 2021 website to see the specific schedule for each school.
  • Stay tuned: Updates to the plans will be shared on this website and other channels as they develop.

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Commencement 2020

  • Planning continues: We continue to look for an appropriate and safe opportunity to celebrate the Class of 2020. Planning teams are currently discussing an event that could potentially include a commencement ceremony, select Senior Week traditions, and alumni activities. The intention is to hold an in-person celebration in fall 2021, subject to public health requirements.
  • Stay tuned: More details will be shared on this website and through other channels as plans develop.
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