SUMMER 2021 GRADUATION - Commencement Ticket Update

We are looking forward to celebrating our summer graduates in their commencement ceremonies on August 6-8, 2021. Three commencement services will be held on Friday and Sunday in the Howard Performing Arts Center. Please see the schedule for the list of services. 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR GRADUATES AND GUESTS: In accordance with CDC guidelines, those who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or physically distance. Also under those guidelines, individuals who are not yet vaccinated must still follow COVID-19 safety practices including the wearing of masks and physically distancing from those not part of their household. In consideration of those not yet vaccinated, two seats will remain vacant between each ticketed household group in the commencement services.

For current protocols for the Baccalaureate services in Pioneer Memorial Church, please visit

NEW! Guest Seating/Commencement Tickets
Limited guest seating at the commencement services will be available to graduates by ticket only and will reflect physical distancing guidelines. On July 13, graduates currently cleared to march received a letter in their Andrews email with important details for their service, including the number of tickets they'll receive. Those who opted to march but did not receive the letter should check with Academic Records regarding their graduating and/or participating status. Graduates who chose to graduate in absentia will not have received the letter. 

A composite of parent and family congratulatory videos will be shown at the commencement service in lieu of a commencement address. Please ask your graduate to watch their Andrews email account for information and a link where you can upload your video.

Greeting the President
Graduates, in lieu of the traditional handshake with President Luxton when you cross the stage, you'll get to choose your own form of physically distanced handshake/greeting from the video below!
(If you haven’t seen the greeting and response “highlights” video from the Spring services, you can watch it here.)

Regalia can be ordered at any time although rush shipping costs will incur for orders placed less than two weeks prior to graduation. When your regalia 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.


Spring 2021 Graduation

Andrews University conducted minimal, but in-person, commencement ceremonies for students who were eligible to participate in spring graduation, May 7–9, 2021. Students participating virtually were celebrated in a slide presentation in their respective commencement services. Videos of all four full commencement services, the baccalaureate services, as well as some special services are available on Andrews University YouTube channel. 

The Spring 2021 Graduation Program booklet can be viewed or downloaded here.

Spring Commencement Services:

Baccalaureate Services:

Future Plans:
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.

*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.