WU to hold modified in-person commencement for classes of 2020 and 2021

| Senior News Editor

Commencement ceremonies in May will be held in person with several modifications to ensure safety, University administrators announced in an email, Feb. 26.

Grace Bruton | Student Life

The University plans to hold multiple ceremonies at the Francis Olympic Field, each accommodating up to 500 students. Ceremonies will be held May 20–21 for the class of 2021 and May 30 for the class of 2020.

Each graduate will be allowed to invite up to two guests, who are required to register in advance and quarantine for two weeks before coming to campus if they have not yet been vaccinated for COVID-19. Graduates and attendees will be provided with individual boxes of water, and no other food or beverages will be allowed.

Face masks and physical distancing will be required of all attendees. Graduates will not cross the stage or receive their diplomas during the ceremonies. The majority of speakers, dignitaries and faculty members will attend virtually.

According to the Commencement FAQ website, worsening conditions in the St. Louis region may require these plans to be delayed or shifted entirely online.

The FAQ also states that graduates who are unable to attend the May events in person will have a chance to participate in future Commencement ceremonies.

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