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 and the recent order by the Governor, only the graduating students, faculty and speakers will be permitted on the field during each commencement ceremony. There will not be any open seating on the field. Each Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on social media for family members and guests to view.

Good News!

In reviewing our facilities and the Governor’s recent order, we will be able to accommodate two (2) guests for each graduating student on campus to view the ceremony via live stream video broadcast on large screens. The guests will be seated in one of the two gymnasiums.  Social distancing requirements will be maintained within the gymnasiums, and masks will be required for all who are on campus.  After the ceremony, students and their guests are invited to meet outdoors on campus for pictures while maintaining social distancing requirements.

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 schedule of events:

Thursday, May 13

4:30pm – Nursing Pinning Ceremony – in the Upper Gym on Main Campus

6:00pm – Baccalaureate Mass (St. Ann Church, Arlington)

Friday, May 14

10 am – Commencement for College of Health and Education (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: James Dyke, Jr.

Recognition Award Ceremony – Virtual (schedule of events with links will be provided)

Please find the prerecorded video here. Please refer to the email for the Recognition Day Program and Winner Pamphlet:

Saturday, May 15

10 am – Commencement for College of Sciences and Humanities (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: Sheila Johnson

4:30 pm – Celebration for the AY: 2019-2020 Graduates in the Upper Gym on Main Campus.

Sunday, May 16

10 am – Commencement for College of Business, Innovation, Leadership & Technology (for a list of majors, click here)
Guest Speaker: Donald Graham

Important Information for All Attending a Commencement Ceremony

Arrival Time

Each Commencement ceremony starts at 10:00 am, graduating students should arrive on Main Campus at 8:30am to allow for check-in and being seated prior to the start of the ceremony.


Parking for students and their guests will be in the Blue and White parking garages.  Security will be monitoring and assisting with parking.  Please enter the parking garages via the 26th Street entrances. Students and guests are not permitted to park in surface lots or spaces unless handicap accessibility is required. If accessibility is required, please check-in at the Guard House at the Glebe Road entrance for direction to handicap parking.

Masks and Social Distancing

Students and guests will be required to wear masks once they enter campus and throughout the ceremonies.  This includes on the field and in the gymnasiums.   Masks may be removed for pictures, but must be replaced immediately once the photo has been taken.   Social distancing requirements will be maintained within the gyms and on the field and around campus after each ceremony.  You and your guests are not permitted to move any chairs.


Students and guests must check-in before the ceremonies.  Check-in tables will be placed outside in front of the Lee Center.  Please remember: if you have not registered yourself and your guests, you and/or your guests will not be permitted to attend the events and will be asked to leave campus.  Student check in is separate from the Guest check-in.   Volunteers will be available to assist at each location.

For Student Check-in

At check-in, once registration is confirmed, each student will receive a card.  The card will indicate your seat location on the field as well as your degree.  Please retain this card since, during the ceremony, you will hand it to the reader who will announce your name, degree and Latin Honors (only for undergraduate students that have graduated in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021), if applicable.  Once your name is announced, you will then walk across the stage for a photo with the President.

At check in, if you have requested an accommodation, please be sure to notify the volunteer checking you in.  Once you have completed check-in and received your card, you will proceed to your seat on the field following the access road at the side of the Lee Center.  Volunteers will be on the field to help you find your seat. You will be seated with students in your degree.

For Guest Check-in

Guest check-in will also be outside in front of the Lee Center.  At check-in, once verified that you are registered, the guests will proceed to the gymnasium.  If you have requested an accommodation for your guests, please be sure that the guest notifies the volunteer checking them into the event.   Volunteers will be available to assist the guests to their seats.

Live Stream

The live streaming link will be placed on the Commencement website during the week of May 10.  In addition, a recording of the live stream ceremonies will be available to download during the week after all ceremonies are completed.


Be sure to wear your regalia prior to check-in!   To order regalia online, visit the website for the 2021 Commencement. Ordering regalia will be available until 05/03/21. Note: Heeled shoes, e.g. stilettos, are not permitted on the Converse Family Field.  Low wedges or thick square heels are permitted, and flats are fine! 

After the Ceremony

As previously announced, after the ceremony, students and their guests are invited to meet outdoors on campus for pictures while maintaining social distancing requirements.  Students and guests will be dismissed from the field and the gymnasiums to allow for social distancing. Please plan ahead of time where you might want to meet your guests. The surface parking lot will be empty to allow for a location to meet guests.

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