Commencement 2021

On February 26, 2021, the University shared that, as long as conditions in the region remain favorable, we will be able to proceed with holding in-person Commencement ceremonies to celebrate the Classes of 2020 and 2021.

Commencement will look and feel different this year, but the University has come up with a plan to safely be together to celebrate our graduates.
- Due to limitations on gatherings and crowd sizes, we will host multiple, smaller ceremonies for each class.
- There will be a maximum of 500 graduates at each ceremony.
- Ceremonies for the Class of 2021 will be held Thursday, May 20, and Friday, May 21. Ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held Sunday, May 30. Details about the schedule for those events are forthcoming.
- The location for all ceremonies will be Francis Olympic Field on the Danforth Campus.
- Graduates will be permitted to invite up to two guests each to campus to view the ceremonies. All guests will be required to register, and physical distancing will be observed in the viewing areas.

To facilitate a safe environment for our graduates, guests and staff, we will be following a number of COVID-19 safety protocols at all ceremonies. For full details, please view the full communication here, and visit for the most up-to-date information in the weeks ahead.

We are still working on Sam Fox School-specific plans to celebrate the Class of 2021. Please check back for updates in the weeks ahead.