LOGAN, Utah — Utah State University announced Tuesday it will hold in-person commencement events this spring for graduating students.
Over two days on May 6-7, the school will host about 50 small events that will include processionals from an outdoor staging area to an indoor campus location. Once inside, a short program will be held to recognize students and present them with their diploma covers.
The convocation events held across campus will be limited to the students and faculty. Friends and family of students will be invited to watch the ceremonies online.
Only 60-80 students will be permitted at each event and masks will be required.
The smaller ceremonies will be held in place of a large commencement event. A large online ceremony is scheduled to be held on May 5.
“I am thrilled we have found a way to honor our graduates and provide an opportunity for them to celebrate with fellow students on our beautiful campus this spring,” said USU President Noelle E. Cockett. “The class of 2021 has shown incredible resilience and flexibility, and we look forward to recognizing their hard work.”
Graduating students need to apply for a graduation ceremony by mid-March.
Students receiving master's and doctor degrees will be able to participate in a hooding ceremony conducted by a member of their own household.
“This year’s commencement may be unorthodox, but I am proud we have found a way to minimize risk while still celebrating together,” said Cockett. “USU has explored a plethora of options while considering the changing and unpredictable public health environment. This is a logistically complicated plan that relies on the hard work of each college.”