Abbey Phillips hugs friends following undergraduate commencement. Photo by Ben Siegel / Courtesy Ohio University.

From staff reports

Ohio University confirmed the dates and times for the Spring 2021 graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

All ceremonies will take place, rain or shine, at Peden Stadium, with gates opening to the public 90 minutes prior to each ceremony start time, an OU press release stated.

Ceremonies will occur on the following days and times:

Friday, April 30 at 9 a.m.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony

Masters and Doctoral Candidates – All Colleges

Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Business

College of Communication

Saturday, May 1 at 4 p.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Arts & Sciences

College of Education

College of Engineering and Technology

Sunday, May 2 at 2 p.m.

Undergraduate Ceremony

College of Fine Arts

Honors Tutorial College

College of Health Sciences and Professions

Center for International Studies

University College

Students who participate in the ceremonies must wear regalia. Students who RSVP’d by the deadline will be emailed instructions on how to obtain two mobile tickets for their guests. Seating is general admission, an OU press release stated.

Students who plan to participate virtually will be able to access the live stream link on the day of their ceremony on the university’s commencement website.

Each regional campus location will hold graduation recognition activities on April 29 or 30. Graduates of OU’s regional campuses are invited to attend events on their home campus and in Athens, the OU release said.

In addition, the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will be celebrating commencement in-person on May 8,. Previously, the university planned to proceed completely virtually, but noted it could amend plans should the state make “substantial” changes to its gatherings guidelines.

The university initiated planning for the postponed Spring 2020 commencement activities and will be sharing more information with Spring 2020 graduates before the end of spring semester, The NEWS previously reported.

Spring 2020 graduates, whose semester was upended after they were sent home in March of last year, were asked to respond to a survey with their preferences for a future commencement ceremony, in which the class ultimately voted to postpone the ceremony until it’s deemed safe and legal to hold an in-person event.

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