Missed a ceremony or want to re-watch one of the streams?
Missed a ceremony or want to re-watch one of the streams?
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.
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
Registration for graduates and guests closed on Friday, May 7. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com.
The regular deadline for ordering Commencement regalia for in-person ceremonies has passed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Celebratory lawn signs are available for purchase through the bookstore for graduates of the class of 2021.
Important info for both guests and graduates regarding the in-person ceremonies, including mandatory health & safety protocols, parking details, check-in procedures, and other ceremony guidelines.
Have a question about Commencement? Check out our In-Person Commencement FAQ!
Lost or found an item during your visit to campus? Swing by the office of Campus Security located in the Pepin Service Building next to Ranger Stadium.
The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III T’82, social justice leader and chairman of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, delivered the formal Commencement address at the Virtual Commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 13.
We also celebrated our honorary degree recipients, Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, and Rev. Alfred T. Day III, who recently served as the appointed General Secretary of the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church.
Drew adhered to all COVID-19 protocols in the planning and execution of our Commencement celebrations.
During Commencement, Ranger Stadium was set up to require all guests to socially distance a minimum of six feet from one another.
All attendees (both guests and graduates) were required to wear a mask at all times during their visit to campus, in accordance with Drew’s health and safety protocols.
All attendees were asked to complete the health and safety check via our LiveSafe app on the day of the event to ensure the health and safety of the Drew community.
We were thrilled to safely host our guests and welcome our graduates for this long awaited, celebratory weekend!