The 534th Convocation ceremony, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates of 2021, will be held virtually. Given the current guidance from the CDC, other public health officials, and our own faculty and physicians working on the forefront of the COVID-19 response, it is not practical or safe to proceed with planning an in-person gathering of several thousand people.
We recognize that participation in Convocation ceremonies is, for many, a special experience, enjoyed with the whole University and in the company of one’s friends, family, and classmates. We recognize, also, that this is not the Convocation experience we had hoped for our Class of 2021. Our plan is intended to provide as much of the distinctive Convocation experience as is safe to contemplate given the uncertainty of the months ahead. The University will continue to evaluate public health conditions and we will explore ways to involve 2020 and 2021 graduates in the University Convocation ceremony in the future, when we are able to plan for an in-person ceremony.
Students and faculty will hear from their deans and deans of students as plans for diploma ceremonies develop. The convocation site will be updated regularly as new information becomes available, and graduates and their family members may email email@example.com with immediate questions. We remain confident that we will find appropriate ways as a University community to celebrate the Class of 2021 that are both singular and enduring.
Message from Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost (Read full message)
The 534th Convocation ceremony, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates of 2021, will broadcast virtually on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. CDT.
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