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Commencement Event Timeline – May 7 and 8, 2021

Friday, May 7

6 p.m. Nursing Convocation, BSN and DNP, Student Center Storer Ballroom

Saturday, May 8

8:15 a.m. Class of 2021 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Recipients Line up
for Degree Conferment, Butcher Center West Corridor
9 a.m. Class of 2021 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Recipient Commencement Ceremony, Butcher Center Gymnasium, Video
11 a.m. Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Degree Recipient Convocation (Students Only), Butcher Center Gymnasium, Video

Degree Recipient Grad Walks (By Appointment Only)

Butcher Center Gymnasium

1 p.m. Class of 2020 Make-up Graduate Walk for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Recipients (Combined Make-up Graduate Walk), Video
2:40 p.m. Class of 2021 College of Nursing, Education, and Health Sciences, Video

Frank Center Theater

1 p.m. Class of 2021 Regents Bachelor of Arts, Video
1:50 p.m. Class of 2021 College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, Video

Wellness Center Gymnasium

1 p.m. Class of 2021 College of Business, Video
2:20 p.m. Class of 2021 College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Video

All participants will be required to sign-up in advance for the events on May 8. No tickets will be issued this year, but all guests’ names will be required to be provided when signing up for the specified commencement event. Only guests whose names are on the list will be permitted entry.

Face coverings* and social distancing will be required by all participants and their guests. Degree candidates will be required to wear caps and gowns to participate in all the events. Because of the limited number of guests allowed this year (for safety reasons), all events will be livestreamed for family and friends to view the proceedings.

*Compliant wearing of a Face Covering includes the following standards: i) Either cloth or medical Face Coverings may be used; ii) the Face Covering must provide continuous coverage of both the nose and mouth; iii) the Face Covering must be maintained in a reasonably hygienic condition.

Details by Group

Class of 2020 Make-up Graduate Walk for Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral Recipients

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Candidates Convocation and Graduate Walks

Class of 2021 Master’s and Doctoral Recipient Commencement Ceremony

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May 8 Commencement to feature in-person, socially distanced events

Shepherd University will be celebrating its 148th Commencement on Saturday, May 8, with in-person, socially distanced events that will allow a limited number of family members to see their graduate walk across the stage.

The plans include a baccalaureate convocation for undergraduate degree candidates to hear remarks by Shepherd’s president, guest speaker, and senior class president.

After the convocation, a series of graduate walks will occur for undergraduate candidates by college. Four family members will be allowed to escort their student to see them walk across the stage. There will be several photo opportunities with professional photographers, including a group photo of the family members with their student. 

Due to the smaller number of students receiving master’s and doctoral degrees, a socially distanced seated ceremony observing COVID-19 safety protocols will be held for those graduate degree candidates and limited guests. 

Also included in the day’s events will be a make-up graduate walk for last year’s graduating students whose commencement ceremony was forced to be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

All participants will be required to sign-up in advance for the events that day. Masks and social distancing will be required by all participants and their guests. Degree candidates will be required to wear caps and gowns to participate in the events.

Because of the limited number of guests allowed this year (for safety reasons), all events will be livestreamed so family and friends can view the proceedings. 

Additional information will be posted on Shepherd’s website March 8. Degree recipients and their families will be able to view the schedule of events and registration instructions to help them plan their attendance.

Shepherd is in talks with local area high schools about using the university’s facilities for their own in-person ceremonies this year.