Join us for Commencement
Saturday, May 8, 2021
Commencement ceremony details
Can my family or friends attend?
COVID-19 event guidelines
Due to COVID-19 precautions, we will not be issuing Commencement tickets this year. Only graduates, faculty and staff working Commencement will be allowed in the Pavilion. There will be no tickets for guests; no guests will be allowed in the Pavilion. All participating graduates, staff and faculty will need to observe COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing at all times.
Livestream ceremony viewing
We will not have an outdoor screening area; however, we will livestream the ceremonies on YouTube. Families, friends and graduates not attending in-person can view the ceremonies using the links above.
Although they will not be permitted into the Pavilion, we know students’ families may still wish to come to campus to celebrate with their students. All visitors to campus will need to observe COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing at all times. Family and friends can park in the M, O, or Q Lots.
Please refer to the campus parking map >>
Where do I check in on the day of Commencement?
Graduating students attending in-person should arrive on campus one hour before their Commencement ceremony and check in at the bottom of the Grand Staircase. All graduates will need to observe COVID-19 guidelines, including wearing a mask and observing social distancing at all times.
- Graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences should arrive on campus by 9 a.m.
- Graduates from the College of Education and Counseling, School of Business and the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering should arrive on campus by 2 p.m.
Where should I park on campus for the in-person ceremony?
Designated Commencement parking lots:
- M, O, and Q Lot for graduating students -- this is a recent change!
- M, O, and Q Lot for visiting families and friends
- R Lot for Faculty and Staff attending/working that day – Robing will be in Worthington, not Charneski, this year
- N Lot will be closed so graduates can process through that area to the Pavilion
- S Lot will be closed
I graduated December 2020. Which ceremony should I go to?
December 2020 students are included in the May 8, 2021 ceremony.
Did I apply for graduation?
If you have not received confirmation from the Office of the Registrar, please contact email@example.com.
Is it too late to apply for graduation?
We are no longer accepting applications to attend this year’s ceremonies. While students cannot apply for Commencement, students can still apply for degree completion. If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diploma and regalia information
I received my diploma, but not a diploma cover. Should I get one now or wait until Commencement?
If you are attending Commencement, you will receive your diploma cover at the ceremony. If you are not attending, your diploma will be mailed to the address on your application.
How do I order my cap and gown?
Caps and gowns will be automatically ordered if you indicated you would like to attend the ceremony on your Commencement application. Caps and gowns will not be ordered if you did not elect to participate in the ceremony. Caps and gowns will be mailed to the address provided on your application. If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at email@example.com.
Where do I get my cord(s)?
Cords for December 2020 students were either mailed with diplomas or can be picked up in person from the Office of the Registrar. All other class of 2021 graduates will receive cords on May 8, the day of Commencement. If you are not attending in person, please contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.