During the 2021 Commencement weekend this spring, the University is planning a separate in person* event to celebrate the 2019-2020 Graduates. This event will be held in the Upper Gymnasium on Main Campus on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 4:30 pm.
The 2019-2020 Graduates are undergraduate and graduate students from 19/FA, 20/SP, and 20/SU who were eligible to attend the virtual 2020 Commencement ceremony. Although your commencement ceremony was virtual last year, the University would like to celebrate your graduation and share your achievements in person with your fellow graduates, guests, faculty, and the leadership of the University including the President.
This Celebration is planned to take place in the Upper Gymnasium on Main Campus. Due to social distancing requirements, each graduate will be permitted to invite two (2) guests. All persons on campus must wear masks and adhere to social distancing requirements at all times.
Important Information for All Attending the 2020 Graduate Celebration
The event starts at 4:30 pm and you should arrive on Main Campus at 3:30 pm to allow for check-in and being seated prior to the start of the ceremony.
Parking for you and your 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. You and your 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
You and your guests will be required to wear masks once they enter campus and throughout the ceremonies. This includes 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 around campus after each ceremony. You and your guests are not permitted to move any chairs in the gyms.
You and your 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. Your check in is separate from the Guest check-in. Volunteers will be available to assist at each location.
For Your Check-in
At check-in, once registration is confirmed, you will receive a card. Please retain this card since, during the celebration, you will hand it to the reader who will announce your name and degree. 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 in the upper gym. Volunteers will be on hand to help you find your seat. You will be seated with your guests
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.
Wearing your regalia is optional. Information regarding regalia, if interested, can be found at Marymount.shopoakhalli.com
After the Celebration
As previously announced, after the Celebration, you and your guests are invited to meet outdoors on campus for pictures while maintaining social distancing requirements. You and your guests will be dismissed from the gymnasiums to allow for social distancing. The surface parking lot will be empty to allow for a location to meet guests.
*Please note that all in-person ceremonies and celebrations described are contingent on social distancing requirements from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the CDC during the months ahead and are subject to change.