Commencement 2021

March 11, 2021

Below is a summary of information sent to the Class of ’21 regarding combined undergraduate/graduate commencement ceremonies to be held on campus May 18-19.

Southern will be holding in-person commencement ceremonies this May, outdoors, on campus.

Each student will be able to have two guests in attendance and the ceremonies will be livestreamed so that other family members and friends may view the events virtually.

Due to social distancing requirements, there will be five individual ceremonies by college/school. Each will be combined events for undergraduates and graduates, held at Jess Dow Field (the football field behind Moore Fieldhouse and the Wintergreen Building) as per the following schedule:

Tuesday, May 18, 10 a.m. – College of Arts & Sciences ( for students in the STEM disciplines, Psychology, General Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies).

Tuesday, May 18, 2 p.m. – College of Arts & Sciences (for students in the Liberal Arts).

Wednesday, May 19, 9 a.m. – College of Health and Human Services.

Wednesday, May 19, 12:30 p.m.  – School of Business.

Wednesday, May 19, 4 p.m.  – College of Education.

Thursday May 20 and Friday May 21 are being held as rain dates in case of severe weather.

Honors Convocation will not be held in 2021, but all senior students receiving honors will be recognized by name and award as they walk up to receive their diplomas.

Also, hooding will not be part of the graduate portion of the ceremony this year, but hoods will be available in advance so that all graduate students will be able to wear them when they walk up to receive their diplomas. In keeping with tradition, all doctoral candidates will have the titles of their dissertations read when they ascend the stage.

Due to health and safety protocols, it is very important that we know exact numbers of attendees at each event. In the coming weeks, all members of the 2021 graduating class will receive an email with a link to an RSVP form. Once they have registered to attend, they will be able to pick up their reader card and two tickets for their guests at a later date – more information about all of this will be available soon, via email and at:

The commencement website will feature an online Yearbook where graduates can submit their photo and comment about their favorite times at Southern. Memories may be added now, here