Commencement Plan

Registration Required: Due to the complexities related to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, we are requiring that all graduates register by Friday, July 10, to confirm their plans to attend and include the names of their guests (maximum 2). Following guidelines established in response to the pandemic, graduates' guests will be seated together but six feet apart from other guests.

Single-day Event: For the same health and safety reasons, it has been determined that many on-campus events traditionally included in Commencement Weekend – including the Commencement Eve Reception – will unfortunately not be possible.

Rain Date: To accommodate the possibility of inclement weather, the 2020 Commencement Exercises are now scheduled on Saturday, August 8. The ceremony will be held outdoors and will take place even if light rain is falling. There will not be a tent, so graduates and guests are asked to please dress accordingly. If forecasts suggest heavy rain or other threatening weather, the rain date will be Sunday, August 9, at 1 p.m.

Commencement Schedule

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Time Event
11 a.m. Campus opens and guests proceed to seating (first come-first serve)
11:30 p.m. Graduates assemble behind Donahue Hall
1-2:30 p.m. Commencement Exercises, Quadrangle Lawn