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  instructions for graduates

School of Business: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
School of Communication, School of Education (undergrad and grad), School of Music, and Individualized Majors: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
School of Arts & Humanities and School of Social Sciences: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
School of Life & Health Sciences and School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Outdoor Location, Tickets, and Facial Coverings

Commencement will be held on Weisel Senior Terrace, with graduates and guests physically distanced across the quad. Four ceremonies will be held across the morning and early afternoon, organized by school in order to comply with the Commonwealth’s guideline that events can have no more than 250 people present. 

Due to the Commonwealth restrictions on large gatherings, only ticketed guests will be admitted to the ceremonies. Ticketed guests will be randomly assigned to seats on the quad, allowing for contact tracing should that become necessary. Guests will be seated in adjacent chairs, though they will be six feet apart. All guests must bring and wear a cloth facial covering at all times, unless they have a medical condition that makes wearing a facial covering unsafe. 

All ceremonies will be livestreamed. Guests without tickets will not be permitted to stand/sit elsewhere on the quad.

HEALTH Self-Screening

Prior to arrival on campus or entry into any campus building, all graduates and guests must self-screen for the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4° F [38.0° C] or greater), using an oral thermometer
  • Symptoms of acute respiratory illness (i.e., dry cough, shortness of breath)
  • New loss of taste and/or smell
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Sore throat
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting

Graduates or guests who have any of these symptoms should not come to campus or participate in Commencement. Instead, they should view Commencement via livestream, available on the College’s website.


Parking will be available in the lots for Admissions, Shaw/McKelvey, and Patterson. Handicap parking will be available in the Old Main if the ceremony is outside, and the Shaw/McKelvey lot if it is inside. Shuttles will not be available.

Please note: College Drive, the road between Berlin Village and Brittain Lake, is closed for construction on the Titan Corridor. Westminster Drive, the traffic circle near Hoyt, and the bridges near the Field House remain open.

Indoor Location for Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, all ceremonies will be held in Orr Auditorium. Guests must have tickets to be permitted inside Orr. All guests must bring and wear a cloth facial covering at all times, unless they have a medical condition that makes wearing a facial covering unsafe.

Because of physical distancing requirements, not all ticketed guests may be seated inside Orr Auditorium. If maximum capacity is reached, ticketed guests may be assigned to view the livestream from a classroom in Patterson Hall, McKelvey Campus Center, or other locations. 

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