Kent State to Hold In-Person Commencement Ceremonies for Spring Class of 2021

Dear Kent State University Students, Faculty and Staff,

Allow me to be among the first to congratulate our spring graduates on their perseverance in completing their studies during such an overwhelming time in history.

In honor of our graduates, today I am pleased to announce that Kent State will offer in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 at the Kent Campus. We will hold outdoor ceremonies during the week of May 10 for all colleges and degrees at the Centennial Court Green, which is located on Midway Drive south of the Centennial Court Residence Halls. There will also be a virtual commencement for all colleges and degrees on May 15 should graduates and their friends and families wish to attend this as well. All of the commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. Visit for an updated schedule of spring commencement ceremonies.

Ceremonies will include safety measures from the Flashes Safe Eight, such as physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings. There will be four tickets per student for loved ones to attend their student’s commencement ceremony.

Students graduating from a Regional Campus will receive an announcement about their ceremony from the campus dean. As always, Regional Campus graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremonies on the Kent Campus as well.

To participate in the commencement on the Kent Campus, graduating students should complete their ceremony RSVP by April 8.

Kent State will also host the College of Podiatric Medicine’s commencement ceremony on Friday, May 21, at the Kent Campus Student Green. Karamu Ya Wahitimu/Celebración de los Graduados and Lavender Graduation ceremonies will again be virtual this year. More information regarding these ceremonies is forthcoming.

I have also shared with alumni who graduated during 2020 that, as promised, they may return for an in-person commencement ceremony as part of Homecoming Weekend 2021. We are so pleased to finally be able to honor these graduates as they deserve – in a ceremony dedicated only to them. Additional details will be forthcoming.

I look forward to celebrating these incredible accomplishments with our graduates either in person or virtually. I know I join the entire campus community in sharing how proud we are of all of our graduates.


Todd Diacon

POSTED: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 2:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 2:00pm
Todd Diacon, President