Spring Commencement 2021: Social Media Assistant expresses excitement for upcoming ceremonies

                      Where did the time go? 

                      It feels like I was just moving into my freshman dorm room!

                    College went by in the blink of an eye!

As a senior at Kent State, I cannot help but to use these cliches. It really does feel like my time here has flown by. As graduation is approaching in only a few short days, I cannot express how thankful I am that we have the option to attend in-person and virtual commencement ceremonies.

To my peers in the Class of 2021, congratulations on one of our greatest accomplishments! 

This year we will have in-person and virtual commencement ceremony options, and I’ll share  some further details regarding our individual ceremonies later in this post. Here’s what you need to know! 

Commencement Breakdown

A student smiles after receiving her diploma during a previous commencement ceremony at Dix Stadium.

In-Person Ceremonies 

  • There will be outdoor commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. May 10-14 and at 11 a.m. on May 15. 

  • Ceremonies will be divided by colleges and degrees. Each ceremony will be held at the Centennial Court Green on Kent Campus, which is located on Midway Drive south of the Centennial Court Residence Halls.

    • Check out the full schedule of commencement ceremonies here.

  • More than 2,700 graduates will be on hand for the in-person ceremonies next week.

  • During the ceremony we ask for all students and guests to adhere to Flashes Safe Eight regulations to maintain safety: 

    • Remember, physical distancing and masks are required. 


  • A Kent State graduate poses with her family  after a previous commencement ceremony.Each student is allowed four tickets for visitors at their commencement ceremony.

  • These tickets will be distributed via email.

  • To learn more about the guest experience, including accessibility seating, parking and shuttles and more, visit the guest page on the commencement website. 

  • During the ceremony, graduates will be seated in pods with their four guests.

  • Commencement ceremonies will also be livestreamed for the guests who can’t make it in person. 

Virtual Ceremonies

  • Along with having in-person commencement, all ceremonies will be available through live stream. 

  • In addition, a virtual commencement recognition ceremony will go live at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15. All live streams can be found here.

Stay Social

Whether you are celebrating on campus or online, you can show your Kent State grad pride! Be sure to include #FlashesForever in any of your graduation social media posts. Your social posts could be featured in the live social media display during the ceremonies and on the Kent State commencement website

For those of you attending an in-person ceremony, be sure to look for our #FlashesForever filter on Snapchat. 


We’ll also have Facebook profile frames for grads and their friends and family. 


Congratulations to the Class of 2021. I am looking forward to celebrating with all of you! #FlashesForever


Rachel Kaveney 

POSTED: Friday, May 7, 2021 - 1:38pm
UPDATED: Monday, May 10, 2021 - 5:30pm
Rachel Kaveney