Commencement 2021

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.

With pride and excitement, we honored 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 was moved to Ranger Stadium and broken into 6 in-person, outdoor ceremonies across Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15. All in-person ceremonies were livestreamed for those who are unable to physically attend, and recordings are available here.

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 celebrated the Class of 2021, as well as 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 allowed us to keep Drew traditions alive in a safe and responsible way. 

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

Schedule of Ceremonies

In order to accommodate and abide by CDC COVID-19 guidelines, Commencement was moved to Ranger Stadium and broken into 6 in-person ceremonies. Each ceremony featured school- and area-specific programming.

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

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

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

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

Thursday, May 13:
7 p.m. | Virtual Ceremony 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

Graduate Regalia

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

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


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.