Commencement Events Schedule

All events are subject to change in accordance with state and campus COVID-19 guidelines. 

All events, with the exception of the Commencement exercises, are open only to seniors who studied in person. Remote seniors and Commencement guests may participate only in the Commencement exercises on Saturday.  

Friday, May 21, and Saturday, May 22

4:30–6:00 p.m. Virtual Department Receptions
Visit the campus Calendar of Events for details. Students should contact the department coordinator if they are unsure whether the department of their major is hosting a virtual reception. 

Thursday, May 27 

8:00–10:00 p.m. Senior Weekend Events, Sponsored by the Senior Committee 
Content and locations to be announced.  

Friday, May 28 

Noon–4:00 p.m. Senior Weekend Events, Sponsored by the Senior Committee 
Content and locations to be announced. 

5:00–6:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Service  
Voter Lawn 
Rain site: Mead Chapel 
President Patton will address the senior class. Seniors, please RSVP through Presence. Attendance is limited.  

6:00 p.m. Celebratory Dinner for Seniors  
Proctor and Ross Dining Halls 

8:00–10:30 p.m. Senior Weekend Events, Sponsored by the Senior Committee 
Content and locations to be announced.  

Saturday, May 29 

7:00 a.m. Senior Breakfast
Proctor and Ross Dining Halls

8:00 a.m.–Noon, Graduates Prepare for the Commencement Ceremony and Campus Departure 

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Celebratory Luncheon for Seniors  
Proctor and Ross Dining Halls 

2:00–4:00 p.m. Commencement Exercises  
Various locations 
Please note: The two-guests-per-graduate limit will be enforced to abide by state gathering restrictions. Guests without tickets will not be admitted. There will be no remote viewing venues on campus for parents or guests.  

9:00 p.m. Senior Weekend Event
Content and location to be announced by the Senior Committee. 

Sunday, May 30 

Noon, Graduate Departure 
Graduates are required to vacate their dormitory rooms no later than noon on Sunday. This deadline will be enforced so that rooms may be prepared for the Language Schools. 


Commencement Weather Statement

The Commencement ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine. It is not a tented event. Please come prepared for all weather conditions (warm coats, rain gear, hats, sunscreen, etc.) and wear shoes appropriate for damp, grassy terrain.

Severe Weather

In the event that severe weather poses a safety risk, graduates will not gather to receive their diploma cases and canes. Regrettably, COVID-19 protocols do not allow us to gather indoors with adequate physical distancing to ensure the safety of our graduates and guests. 

The ceremonial portion of Commencement would be conducted remotely. Graduates and guests may watch it livestreamed from the comfort and safety of their rooms and accommodations. Please remember, guest are not permitted in campus buildings, including the dormitories.

The ceremony will include the president’s address, the student speaker, the Commencement speaker, and pronouncement of the honorary and bachelor’s degrees conferred. It will conclude with the reading of graduates’ names and the singing of “Gamaliel Painter’s Cane.”

A severe weather announcement would be communicated to graduates by email and posted on the Commencement website as soon as the decision was made. Diploma cases and canes would be mailed to the graduates.