We look forward to celebrating both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021, honoring the achievements of all our graduates, during in-person, separate ceremonies on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
We are excited to announce that we are moving forward with plans for an in-person Commencement. On Sunday, May 16, we will hold two separate ceremonies using Peyton Field, Baker Stadium, and Lower Baker Field – one beginning at 10:00 a.m. for the undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2020, and one beginning at 3:00 p.m. for the undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2021.
Each graduate will be allowed up to two guests. The two guests will be seated together as a pod with a 6-foot distance around them. Additional large video screens will be used on the fields to enhance visibility and viewability, and complement natural sight lines.
The standard practice of live streaming the ceremony to the University of Puget Sound website will continue for those who prefer to attend virtually and for additional guests we are unable to accommodate due to capacity limitations.
Pending accurate registration and rsvp counts from our students and their guests, the university may be in a position wherein additional seats could be reallocated to those seeking more than their two guest tickets. The ability to do so is contingent on the fullest rsvp and registration counts. If you do not plan to attend Commencement in-person, please inform us so that we might be in a position to accommodate others seeking additional tickets. If you know a classmate who does not intend to participate in-person, please encourage them to rsvp “no” to the in-person Commencement ceremony so that we can best plan within our Washington State imposed capacity limitations. If we are able to accommodate more guests, the university will notify students who have rsvped they will attend the in-person ceremony with instructions on how to request additional tickets, pending an accurate registration count.
Ahead of the ceremony, order your regalia, sign up and attend a name pronunciation session, and make sure you are registered to attend. Even if you plan to attend virtually, you should RSVP, your name will still be announced, and you can celebrate in traditional cap and gown.
Washington State now permits outdoor gatherings of this size provided that we modify the ceremonies in order to adhere to a number of guidelines designed to ensure the safety of participants. Make sure you know what to expect about the venue and the guidelines.
What to expect of the traditional Commencement ceremony in an atypical year.
Check out the schedule for Commencement weekend - from virtual department receptions, to intercultural engagement opportunities, and virtual Convocation -taking place in the days leading up to Sunday, May 16, 2021.