Updated October 1, 2020
Commencement in the era of COVID-19
We continue to find ourselves in uncharted waters in determining how to celebrate something as special as commencement. We are weighing options for three classes — December 2020, May 2021, and May 2020, the first class whose ceremony was disrupted by COVID-19. While every class is deserving of an in-person ceremony, all decisions depend on the status of the pandemic and on approval from local public health authorities.
At this time, the December Class of 2020 will celebrate virtually on Saturday, December 19, 2020. The May 2021 class is scheduled for May 15, 2021, yet it is too early to determine whether that will be an in-person or virtual event. We are considering several options for the May 2020 class as well. We will reassess the status of the two May ceremonies by February 1 to give students ample time to plan with their families. If we can hold an in-person ceremony on May 15, 2021, all December 2020 graduates will be invited to attend as well.