Andrews University has made plans to carefully conduct minimal, but in-person, Commencement ceremonies for students who are eligible to participate in spring graduation, May 7–9, 2021. Students participating virtually will be celebrated in a slide presentation in their respective Commencement services.
NEW UPDATE! — Graduation Rehearsal
Graduation rehearsal for in-person graduates was held virtually on Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. A recording is posted here. Please watch to the end for points of clarification and answers to specific questions!
NEW UPDATE! - Discounted Graduation Photos
Preregister for a 20% discount on professional graduation photos taken at your commencement service! See Ordering Photos for information and registration links!
Graduates — Greeting the President
Because of State and University COVID-19 distancing protocols, in lieu of the traditional handshake with the President during the Commencement service, graduates are invited to choose one of the greetings presented in the video below. President Luxton looks forward to returning your chosen greeting to you in kind! (Not included in the video but also available is "The Bow," with or without prayer hands.)
Dining Services is planning to have meal options for guests over graduation weekend. Guests may go through the Terrace Cafe lines during regular business hours for take-out only, and The Gazebo will be accepting orders for pick-up on the GET Mobile app or online. Hours of operation and details for special curbside service on graduation weekend are here.
As guests will not be permitted to attend Commencement services in person, a drive-in viewing area will be available by ticket only. Graduates are to pick up their allocated tickets at the University Bookstore, May 3–7. Livestreams of both Baccalaureate and all Commencement services will be available. Please see the schedule for complete details.
COVID Protocol Requirements
Graduates who have been off campus during the spring semester and are returning for in-person participation must resume daily Campus Clear updates no later than April 15 and return to campus for COVID testing on April 26 or 28. No exceptions will be made. It is not necessary to reside on campus upon your return. You can download the Campus Clear Apple/iOS app here or the Google/Android app here.
Regalia needs to be ordered as soon as possible. When it arrives, try it on right away to be sure it fits. If there are any issues, visit the Bookstore as soon as possible and they will facilitate any exchanges. Not sure which color hood or tassel to order? Please see our complete list.
Andrews University is committed to holding a full graduation service in spring 2022* for all 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates, and their guests, whose commencement services were impacted by COVID-19. If summer 2021 graduation is also impacted by COVID-19, those graduates will be invited back as well.
*Subject to CDC guidelines and campus protocols in early 2022. If all is favorable, invitations will then go out to all eligible alumni. If it is not favorable for a spring 2022 celebration, another date will be chosen.