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.
Following the May 1 RSVP deadline, we have an accurate sense of participants in each ceremony and number of guests attending as compared to our finite capacity:
CLASS OF 2020
With final registration numbers from the Class of 2020, we are able to extend additional tickets to each graduate attending. Graduates and their families received an email on May 5 detailing more information.
CLASS OF 2021
The response from the Class of 2021 students has been incredibly strong, and the confirmed counts of in-person participants are conclusively high. As anticipated, we will be at full capacity and are unable to offer additional tickets. At a time when most of our peers are holding virtual ceremonies or in-person ceremonies with no guests, we are proud to be able to hold an in-person ceremony for our graduates where you will be able to be joined by two of your loved ones. In order for us to be able to proceed with this plan, we have assured officials that we will not exceed state-mandated capacity limitations.
Changes in State's Reopening Plan
April 13, 2021
Recent changes in the state of Washington's reopening plan (announced April 12) impact current phasing in Pierce County; however, state and local guidelines maintain that spectator events including outdoor graduations and commencements can continue as planned while adhering to health and safety regulations previously established for these events in late March. As a result, the university will move forward with its plans to hold an in-person Commencement for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on Sunday, May 16, 2021.
April 5, 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.
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.
In order to most safely manage these regulated aspects of ticketing and seating, we must require that graduates and their guests register to attend their Commencement ceremonies. The deadline to register is Saturday, May 1.
Registration is closed.
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.
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.