Commencement 2021

The University is planning in-person, outdoor ceremonies for 2021 graduates during the May 14-16 weekend. Please note that all in-person ceremonies and celebrations described below are tentative and contingent on social distancing requirements from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the CDC during the months ahead and are subject to change.

Converse FieldCommencement ceremonies are planned to take place on the Converse Family Field on Main Campus and will include students who qualify for graduation from the Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters. Due to social distancing requirements, each graduate will be allotted two (2) guest tickets for the commencement ceremony, and there will not be any open seating on the field.

In addition, the University is planning a separate event, A Celebration for the Academic Year: 2019-2020 Graduates, which will be held during this weekend on Main Campus.

New this year: Commencement ceremonies will be organized by College, and each ceremony will include graduate and undergraduate students together. In addition, each ceremony will include the hooding of the doctoral students, where appropriate.

The Recognition Day Award Ceremony will be prerecorded this year. Students will receive an email with information on how to access the video as well as how to pick up their awards.

The schedule of events:

Friday, May 14

10 am – Commencement for College of Health and Education
Guest Speaker: James Dyke, Jr.

Saturday, May 15

10 am – Commencement for College of Sciences and Humanities
Guest Speaker: Sheila Johnson

4:30 pm – Celebration for the AY: 2019-2020 Graduates

Sunday, May 16

10 am – Commencement for College of Business, Innovation, Leadership & Technology
Guest Speaker: Donald Graham

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On behalf of everyone at Marymount University, thank you for your kindness, support, and understanding. Stay safe and healthy.

Additional details will be announced as plans are finalized.