Comparing Celebration Options

In-Person Commencement Options At-A-Glance

Topic Mini Ceremony Drive-Through Ceremony
Location Memorial Field (Main Campus) 14th Street in front of Old Main (Main Campus)
Ceremony Dates Wednesday, May 12 - Saturday, May 15 Tuesday, May 11 - Wednesday, May 12
Ceremony Times Times start as early as 8 a.m. and end no later than 8 p.m. Times start as early as 8 a.m. and end no later than 9 p.m.
RSVP Process Opens Monday, February 22 Monday, February 22
RSVP Process Closes Monday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m. Monday, March 29 at 12:00 p.m.
Notification of Assigned Ceremony Date & Time Friday, April 9 Friday, April 9
Maximum # of Graduates per Ceremony 100 1
# of Guests

2 maximum

Age requirements for minors apply.

2 vehicles maximum

Includes the vehicle the graduate rides in.

Masks and Social Distancing Required Yes Yes
Processional March Yes, weather permitting No
Speeches Yes, brief No
Walk Across Stage Yes Yes
Name and Degree Announced Yes Yes
Receive Diploma Yes*
*As usual, graduates will receive an empty tube symbolizing receipt of diploma. Actual diplomas will be mailed.

Yes*
*As usual, graduates will receive an empty tube symbolizing receipt of diploma. Actual diplomas will be mailed.

Faculty Attendance Significantly limited due to capacity and social distancing requirements. Limited due to capacity and social distancing requirements.
Professional Photography Yes Yes
Live Stream of Ceremony Yes No
Time on Campus 1 hour and 45 minutes Average will be 20 minutes; please budget 1 hour
Ceremony Segmentation Based on final RSVP data, the university will use a combination of academic demographics to create natural groupings, while maximizing the limited capacity available per ceremony.  Based on final RSVP data, the university will use a combination of academic demographics to assign date and arrival windows.
Will plans change if pandemic-related conditions improve? No No
Will plans change if pandemic-related conditions worsen? Possibly, including, but not limited to, a transition to drive-through or virtual-only options. Possibly, including, but not limited to, reducing the number of vehicles per graduate or transitioning to a virtual-only option.
Weather Rain or shine Rain or shine

The chart above is provided for quick reference only; please review the Commencement FAQs page for complete information.

Widener reserves the right to modify ceremony and celebration plans as necessary. All details are subject to change.