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)

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


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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.