Commencement

Students participate in the doctoral hooding ceremony

The Commencement Committee has shared their plans for in-person Commencement celebrations. Recognizing that changes may be necessary as Commencement approaches, the current plans are for in-person events as follows:

  • Commencement (open to all Graduate School students graduated August 2021, December 2021, and will graduate May 2022): The university will host two in-person Commencement ceremonies, each with a traditional procession from the Arts Quad, on Saturday, May 28 at Schoellkopf Field.
  • Guests: Each graduate will be able to reserve up to four tickets for guests to attend their assigned in-person ceremony.
  • The Ph.D. Recognition ceremony: The Ph.D. Recognition ceremony will be on Saturday evening, May 28th, after the Schoellkopf events, and will be open to doctoral candidates who graduated August 2021, December 2021, and will graduate May 2022.
  • Convocation: The Senior Class Convocation, traditionally held on Saturday, will instead take place during Senior Week and will be a student-centric event.
  • Other events: College, school, and departmental events will occur throughout Commencement weekend.

Many details and logistics are not determined yet. Additional information – including how the academic units will be divided among the two Commencement ceremonies, how tickets will be reserved, and the public health and safety protocols that will need to be followed – will be communicated directly as soon as the details are available and will be posted as they are decided on the commencement website.