Commencement

Please join us as we celebrate the commencement of the Class of 2021 on May 22, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

Commencement will be held at Comstock Field on the Earlham College campus; in the case of inclement weather, the alternate rain location can be found in the Schedule of Events dropdowns below.

In order to attend the event on campus, guests must present valid tickets. The event will also be live-streamed on this webpage and on the Earlham College Facebook page.

View the baccalaureate page for details and past addresses.

Date Time (EDT) Event Location Attendees
Wednesday, May 19 5:30-7 p.m. Senior Dinner Dining Hall Graduating Seniors only
Thursday, May 20* 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Senior Cookout Comstock Field Graduating Seniors only
Thursday, May 20 4-5:30 p.m. Baccalaureate Service Performance Gym in AWC Graduating Seniors only
Friday, May 21 2 p.m. Commencement Rehearsal Comstock Field Graduating  Seniors only
Saturday, May 22 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Graduation Day Brunch Dining Hall Graduating Seniors only
Saturday, May 22 2:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Comstock Field** Graduating Seniors, ticketed guests and participating faculty


*In case of inclement weather, the Senior Cookout will take place on Friday, May 21.

**In case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be moved to the Performance Gym in AWC, and only graduating seniors will be admitted. Ticketed guests and faculty will be directed to Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall, Wilkinson Theatre in Runyan Center or Lingle Music Hall in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to view a live stream of the ceremony.

Date Time Event Location Attendees
Saturday, May 22 1 p.m. Hood Ceremony Chase Stage* Graduating students and associated guests (maximum of two)
Saturday, May 22 2:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Comstock Field** Graduating students and associated guests (maximum of two)

 

*In case of inclement weather, the Hood Ceremony will be moved to Wilkinson Theatre in Runyan Center.

**In case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be moved to the Performance Gym in AWC, and only graduating seniors will be admitted. Ticketed guests and faculty will be directed to Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall, Wilkinson Theatre in Runyan Center or Lingle Music Hall in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to view a live stream of the ceremony.

Date Time Event Location Attendees
Friday, May 21* 6 p.m.* Celebration and Service – Hood Ceremony Quaker Hill Conference Pavilion Masters of Religion and Divinity Graduates and guests
Saturday, May 22 2:30 p.m. Commencement Ceremony** Comstock Field Masters of Religion and Divinity Graduates and ticketed guests

 

*In case of inclement weather, the Celebration and Service – Hood Ceremony will be moved to Saturday, May 22 at 10 a.m.

**In case of inclement weather, the Commencement Ceremony will be moved to the Performance Gym in AWC, and only graduating seniors will be admitted. Ticketed guests and faculty will be directed to Goddard Auditorium in Carpenter Hall, Wilkinson Theatre in Runyan Center or Lingle Music Hall in the Center for Visual and Performing Arts to view a live stream of the ceremony.

Watch the livestream.

Return on May 22 to watch the commencement ceremony live on this webpage. Recordings will also be posted after the event.

A live stream of the baccalaureate ceremony will be available on the baccalaureate webpage on May 20 at 4 p.m.

GUEST TICKETS

Each candidate who plans to participate in the Spring 2021 commencement is guaranteed guest tickets at no charge.

Due to state and county COVID mandates, a maximum of two guest tickets to the Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies is permitted per candidate at this time. 

To request tickets, graduating students need to specify the number of tickets being requested via Eventbrite.

  • Tickets will be sent to graduating students via Eventbrite once the reservation has been made. The graduating student is responsible for sharing these with those they wish to attend.
  • Guests are required to have a ticket to attend commencement.
  • Infants will not require a ticket and will not need to be masked—all other guests, 2 years of age or older, are required to wear a mask at all times (indoors and outdoors).
  • Earlham College will not offer any guest tickets for sale.

PARKING INFORMATION

Parking, accessibility and further contact information will be posted to this page as it becomes available. 

  • Electronic tickets will be scanned on guest’s phones at the gates with no physical contact taking place.
  • Guests may sit together, wearing a mask (indoors and outdoors), if they belong to the same pod (members of the same household, for example, or social bubble). Staff will be in attendance to ensure social distancing between pods of attendees.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Earlham College works with the Wayne County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Health to follow all appropriate health and safety protocols.

  • COVID-19 health and safety protocols for all graduates and guests include:
    • Everyone must wear a mask (indoors and outdoors)
    • Sitting in assigned and socially distant seating.
  • All guest tickets and commencement programs will be electronic in order to avoid contact.

Guest tickets may not be sold. Electronic tickets are generated with a unique identifier that is traceable back to the student who requested them.

Because of this feature, they can be printed multiple times. However, only the first set of allocated tickets scanned will gain entrance. Duplicate tickets with the same bar code will be denied entrance after the first set of tickets has been scanned. Any attempt to sell or produce mass copies of electronic tickets will be considered a misuse of Earlham College property. The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to reallocate all such tickets to other students.

If you have unused tickets, plans are for them to be reallocated. More information about reallocation will be shared on this page as it is made available.

Graduating seniors, their guests and faculty who are participating in the ceremony will be in attendance.

Those who are not participating in the ceremony or not a ticketed guest of a graduating senior are invited to watch the live stream of the ceremony on this webpage.

Caps, gowns and hoods are available in the Earlham College Campus Store for pick-up.

Questions?

Contact the Office of the Registrar with any questions about this event.