Kent State to Hold In-Person Commencement Ceremonies for Spring Class of 2021, Honors Promise to 2020 Graduates of In-Person Ceremony to Be Held During Homecoming Weekend

Kent State University will hold in-person commencement ceremonies in May for the Spring Class of 2021 and will welcome back all 2020 alumni for an in-person graduation ceremony during Homecoming Weekend this fall.
Kent State President Todd Diacon shared with the Class of 2021 that outdoor ceremonies for all colleges and degrees will be held during the week of May 10 at the Centennial Court Green, which is located on Midway Drive south of the Centennial Court Residence Halls. There also will be a virtual commencement for all colleges and degrees on May 15. All of the commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed.
Ceremonies will adhere to safety measures from the Flashes Safe Eight, such as physical distancing and the wearing of face coverings. To participate in the in-person commencement, graduating students are being asked to complete their ceremony RSVP by April 8. There will be four tickets per student for guests 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.
“Congratulations for your perseverance in completing your studies during such an overwhelming time in history,” Diacon said. “This is an awesome accomplishment, especially in light of the challenges that you faced. We are extremely proud of you.”
Diacon has 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. More specific details will be forthcoming.
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.
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POSTED: Thursday, March 18, 2021 - 1:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 29, 2021 - 7:30am
April McClellan-Copeland