Commencement

 

Commencement 2021

With pride and excitement, we honor the achievements of the 2020 and 2021 graduates from the College of Liberal Arts, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and Theological School.

In order to accommodate and abide by CDC COVID-19 guidelines, Commencement has been moved to Ranger Stadium and broken into 6 in-person, outdoor ceremonies across Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. All in-person ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who are unable to physically attend.

This year’s celebrations will also include a university-wide Virtual Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021 on Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. (ET), which will feature the main Commencement address and the awarding of honorary degrees

We are looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2021, as well as honoring the Class of 2020, who endured so much last year in the early stages of the pandemic and were not able to gather in person for their Commencement. 

Although different from Commencement ceremonies of the past, this plan allows us to keep Drew traditions alive in a safe and responsible way. We will continue to closely monitor the pandemic situation and adhere to the guidelines of public health officials, which could necessitate a pivot—though that is not our expectation or our hope.

Whether you choose to attend a designated in-person event or the virtual ceremony, this year’s Commencement will embody the true Drew spirit and acknowledge the resilience of this unique group of graduates.

Schedule of Ceremonies

In order to accommodate and abide by CDC COVID-19 guidelines, Commencement will be moved to Ranger Stadium and broken into 6 in-person ceremonies, broken down by school and by academic subject area. Each ceremony will feature school- and area-specific programming.

We are thrilled to share that New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday, April 26 that New Jersey’s size limit on outdoor gatherings will increase from 200 to 500 people effective May 10, 2021.

This new guidance confirms that each graduate is permitted to have two guests in attendance at their designated in-person ceremony. The two-guests-per-graduate limit allows us to uphold physical distancing requirements.

Drew will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols in the planning and executing of our in-person Commencement celebrations.

All in-person ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who are unable to physically attend.

Thursday, May 13:
7 p.m. Virtual Ceremony at drew.edu/commencement, featuring the Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients.

Friday, May 14:
10 a.m.: Theological School Classes of 2020 and 2021 Ceremony (in-person)
2 p.m. : Caspersen School of Graduate Studies Classes of 2020 and 2021 Ceremony (in-person)
6 p.m. : College of Liberal Arts Class of 2020 Ceremony (in-person)

Please note that the 2021 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients will only speak at the Virtual Commencement on the evening of Thursday, May 13.

Saturday, May 15:
10 a.m. : College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Sciences (in-person)
2 p.m. :. College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Social Sciences (in-person)
6 p.m. : College of Liberal Arts Ceremony: Arts & Humanities (in-person)
*Note: Students with a double major should register for and attend the ceremony designated for the discipline for which they feel the strongest affiliation.

Ceremony breakdown by major:

Sciences: Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Neuroscience, Physics
Social Sciences: Anthropology, Business, Economics, Environmental Studies & Sustainability, International Relations, Political Science, Public Health, Psychology, Sociology
Arts and Humanities: Art History, Chinese, Classics, English, French, History, Italian Studies, Media & Communications, Music, Philosophy, Spanish, Studio Art, Theatre Arts, Women's and Gender Studies

Please note that the 2021 Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients will only speak at the Virtual Commencement on the evening of Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. ET.

Graduate Guests/Tickets

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Monday, April 26 that New Jersey’s size limit on outdoor gatherings will increase from 200 to 500 people effective May 10, 2021.

This new guidance confirms that each graduate is permitted to have two guests in attendance at their designated in-person ceremony. The two-guests-per-graduate limit allows us to uphold physical distancing requirements.

To ensure the safety and health of all in attendance, we are unable to adjust the number of tickets available for each graduate. Tickets will be non-transferrable from graduate to graduate.

Graduate Regalia

The regular deadline for ordering Commencement regalia for in-person ceremonies has passed. Please contact universityevents@drew.edu if you have any questions or concerns.

Because this year's in-person Commencement events are inclusive for both 2020 and 2021 graduates, all graduates who order regalia will receive a tassel that corresponds with their designated class year.

Diplomas

Please note: degrees will be conferred in May, and all diplomas will be mailed to the address provided on the graduation application. Diplomas should arrive within 5-10 weeks after the conferral date, with international mailings being on the longer end of the time range.

Class of 2021 Lawn Signs

Celebratory lawn signs are available for purchase through the bookstore for graduates of the class of 2021.

Pre-Order Flowers for Your Graduate!

Flowers are now available for pre-order through the Drew University Bookstore. All online orders will be available for pickup on-site the day of your graduate's Commencement ceremony.

Commemorative Program Request

This year’s in-person Commencements will feature individual ceremony guides. The main Commencement program, which includes the complete list of graduates and academic awards for both classes, will be mailed by request this year.

If you would like to receive a mailed commemorative program, please submit a request by Friday, May 21.