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Commencement Weekend

Commencement Weekend – May 7-9, 2021

The University of Mount Union is pleased to share that it will host a series of Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 during the weekend of May 7-9, 2021 in Mount Union Stadium. By hosting several ceremonies in this venue, Mount Union will be able to provide an in-person Commencement experience while also adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols, including maximum capacities for group gatherings. 

Due to capacity limitations and COVID-19 safety protocols, Commencement participants are limited to graduates, faculty, two guests per graduate, the platform party, and a handful of identified essential employees. Other campus community members, family members, and friends are invited to view the ceremonies via livestream. 

Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 6
6 p.m. Baccalaureate
View the ceremony program.
View Livestream
Friday, May 7
5 p.m. Class of 2021 Graduate Students
See page 2 of the ceremony program
View Livestream
Saturday, May 8
10:15 a.m.

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Students of the College of Natural and Health Sciences
See page 6 of the ceremony program.

View Livestream
1:30 p.m. Class of 2021 Undergraduate Students of the College of Applied and Social Sciences (Department of Communication, Department of Computer Science, Department of Education, School of Engineering, Department of Mathematics) 
See page 11 of the ceremony program
View Livestream
5 p.m. Class of 2021 Undergraduate Students of the College of Applied and Social Sciences (Department of Business, Department of Political Science and International Studies, Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice)
See page 15 of the ceremony program
View Livestream
Sunday, May 9
10 a.m.

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Students of the College of Arts and Humanities
See page 19 of the ceremony program

View Livestream
1:30 p.m. Class of 2020 Ceremony
View the ceremony program.
View Livestream

  

  2021 CEREMONIES BY COLLEGE2021 GRADUATES BY CEREMONY

Ceremony Details

  1. Where and when will the line of march take place?   

    Graduates and faculty should arrive for line-up 45 minutes before the start of each ceremony. Line-up will take place in the Peterson Field House. 

  2. If I’m an undergraduate student with multiple majors from different colleges, what ceremony do I attend?   

    When you submitted your application for graduation, you indicated which of your majors you preferred to have printed on your diploma. Based upon the major and degree you selected on your graduation application, you will attend the graduation ceremony aligned with the appropriate college and department.

    If you are a Class of 2021 graduate, you may access this list of 2021 Commencement Ceremonies by college, department, and major for additional information. If, after reviewing this list, you having lingering questions regarding which ceremony you should attend, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar.  

    A similar list will be developed for the Class of 2020 graduates once the structure of the ceremony(ies) is confirmed.

  3. What if I don’t know what college my major is aligned with?   

    If you are a Class of 2021 graduate, you may access this list of 2021 Commencement Ceremonies by college, department, and major for additional information. If, after reviewing this list, you having lingering questions regarding which ceremony you should attend, please reach out to the Office of the Registrar.  

    A similar list will be developed for the Class of 2020 graduates once the structure of the ceremony(ies) is confirmed.

  4. If I’m a faculty member, which ceremonies should I plan to attend?  

    Graduate program faculty members should plan to attend the Class of 2021 Graduate Student Ceremony on Friday, May 7. Undergraduate faculty members should plan to attend the specific Class of 2021 undergraduate ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 8 or the morning of Sunday, May 9 that aligns with their specific department.   

    When detailed plans are announced for the Class of 2020 ceremony(ies), additional information will be shared regarding faculty attendance expectations. Faculty members who retired at the end of the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be invited to participate in these ceremonies.  

    College deans will be following up with faculty regarding specifics of attendance soon.  

  5. How will the Commencement ceremony be structured?   

    To provide a safe Commencement experience during this COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be modified to prioritize the fundamental elements of a graduation ceremony – specifically the awarding of student degrees. As a result, the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 ceremonies will include an invocation, welcoming remarks by the president and provost, presentation of candidates for degrees, awarding and conferral of degrees, singing of the alma mater, and benediction.  

  6. What is the anticipated length of each Commencement ceremony?   

    The ceremonies will vary in length based upon the number of graduates attending each. Overall, we anticipate that the ceremonies should last between 45 minutes and an hour.  

  7. Will there be a Commencement program?   

    Yes. Commencement programs will be available for all Commencement participants and guests. There will be one program for the Class of 2020 and another for the Class of 2021. Graduates earning degrees in each ceremony will be listed by ceremony. Electronic versions of the programs will be posted to the Commencement website no later than May 7.  

  8. Will the event be livestreamed?   

    Yes. Each ceremony will be livestreamed, and the links will be shared in the coming weeks.   

  9. Can a recording of the Commencement ceremony be purchased?   

    Recordings of the various Commencement ceremonies will be accessible online free of charge. Links will be posted following the closing of Commencement Weekend.  

  10. How will guests and graduates be reunited after the ceremony?  

    To ensure the safety of all Commencement participants and guests, everyone must do their part to minimize congregation and ensure that six feet of social distance is maintained at all times.   

    To assist in this process, following each Commencement ceremony, the Commencement recessional will lead graduates out of Mount Union Stadium toward the Quad area so that graduates can disperse with space to social distance. Guests will remain in their seats in Mount Union Stadium until the recessional retires.   

    Guests will then be permitted to exit Mount Union Stadium via the designated access point they used to enter and will then be instructed to make their way east, through the King Hall parking lot and Dewald Chapel area, to be reunited with their graduates in the Quad area. 

  11. Where will Commencement be held in the case of inclement weather?  

    Should inclement weather be in the forecast for May 7, May 8, or May 9, the faculty and students will move to the Peterson Field House for the Commencement ceremonies scheduled for that day. Guests will remain in the covered stands in the Mount Union Stadium, and the ceremony will be livestreamed on the scoreboard and on two large LED box screens.  

    If inclement weather forecasts require a change of venue, an announcement will be made the day prior to the impacted ceremonies. Such decisions will be made daily; a change of venue on one day does not necessarily mean that a venue change will be necessary for another. If inclement weather does require a change of venue, the change will impact all ceremonies scheduled for that day.  

      

Tickets and Guests

  1. Will guests be permitted to attend?   

    Yes. Each graduate is permitted to bring two guests. Guests will be seated in the covered stands of Mount Union Stadium in pods of two. Thus, each student’s guests will sit together in reserved seats and will be appropriately spaced apart from other guests in the stands. Each guest, regardless of age, will be required to have a ticket to enter the Mount Union Stadium.   

  2. Are other guests permitted to attend Commencement Weekend ceremonies? 

    Due to capacity limitations and COVID-19 safety protocols, Commencement participants are limited to graduates, faculty, two guests per graduate, the platform party, and a handful of identified essential employees. Other campus community members, family members, and friends are invited to view the ceremonies via livestream.

  3. When will tickets be available?  

    Tickets for Mount Union’s 2021 Commencement Weekend ceremonies are now available. All 2021 graduates and those 2020 graduates who registered to attend their ceremony will find detailed instructions and a link to claim their two complimentary tickets in their email. 

    To claim a student’s tickets for up to two guests, the student’s Purple Plus ID number must be provided at the time of order. Tickets should be processed utilizing the graduate's name and contact information.

    Tickets and confirmations will be delivered to each graduate via email. The email confirmation can be forwarded to the graduate's guests so that they can store them on their mobile devices or print out hard copies. Each guest, regardless of age, will be required to have a ticket to enter the Mount Union Stadium. Tickets will be scanned upon entering and are only good for the graduate's designated ceremony.

    Graduates are encouraged to claim their tickets well in advance of Commencement Weekend. Tickets will not be available at the gate.

    If you experience issues while claiming your tickets, please contact the Office of Alumni Engagement at (330) 823-2030.

  4. Will seating for guests be reserved?  

    Yes. Seating will be reserved in the Mount Union Stadium. Guests will be seated in the covered stands of Mount Union Stadium in pods of two. Thus, each student’s guests will sit together in reserved seats and will be appropriately spaced apart from other guests in the stands.   

      

Diplomas and Regalia (Cap and Gown)

  1. When and where do graduates get Commencement caps and gowns?   

    Graduate and undergraduate students will pick-up their caps and gowns during GradFest (formerly known as Senior Salute) on April 14 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. If you can’t attend GradFest, caps and gowns may be picked up in the University Store in the Hoover-Price Campus Center beginning April 15, 2021 through May 7, 2021. You will need to show your Purple Plus ID at the time of pick up or designate someone else to pick up your regalia by notifying the University Store (via email at bookstore@mountunion.edu) with whoever is authorized to claim the regalia on your behalf.

    With regard to the Class of 2020, many members requested and received their caps and gowns last year. If you have not already requested and received your cap and gown, please reach out to the University Store at bookstore@mountunion.edu.  


    University Store Commencement Hours

    • Friday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    • Sunday, May 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  2. When and where do faculty members get Commencement regalia?   

    Faculty members can rent or buy your regalia by contacting Liana Yoder at the University Store for information. Please note that lead time for ordering is around six weeks.

  3. When and where do graduates get academic cords?

    Academic cords will be distributed to graduates earning academic honors during the line-up for each ceremony. View Latin Honors requirements here.

  4. What tassel do graduates wear to Commencement? 

    You’ll be asked to wear the single color tassel (which is associated with your degree) at the ceremony. The purple and black tassel is commemorative and can be kept as a memento.

  5. What is the appropriate attire for Commencement Weekend?

    Attire for Commencement weekend is business/business casual (most ladies wear dresses and gentlemen wear dress shirts with a tie).

  6. Will diplomas be distributed during the ceremony?  

    No. Only diploma covers will be distributed at each ceremony. The Class of 2021 diplomas will be available for pick-up in Beeghly Hall during regular business hours (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from May 19 through May 28, 2021. Diplomas not picked up by May 28, 2021 will be mailed to the student’s home address on June 1, 2021.  

    Graduates from the Class of 2020 will also receive their diploma covers during Commencement Weekend. Diplomas for this class have already been distributed.  

     

Venue, Parking, and Accessibility

  1. Where should guests park and access the Mount Union Stadium? 

    Three parking areas will be available during Commencement Weekend and will be assigned according to the last name of the graduate. Please park according to the information provided below and use this Commencement Weekend Parking Map for reference.

    Graduate's Last Name A-I  
    Please park in King Hall Lot (located immediately east of Mount Union Stadium) and access the Stadium via the southeast entrance. Overflow parking is available in the Beeghly Hall Lot (located immediately east of Beeghly Hall).  

    Graduate's Last Name J-R  
    Please park in the Hoover-Price Campus Center Lot (located north of Mount Union Stadium) and access the Stadium via the northwest entrance. Overflow parking is available in the Bica-Ross/Shields Lot (located at the corner of Rockhill Avenue and Lilly Road).  

    Graduate's Last Name S-Z  
    Please park in the Gulling Training Center Lot (located immediately west of Mount Union Stadium) and access the Stadium via the southwest entrance. Overflow parking is available in the West Hartshorn Lot (located at the corner of State Street and Rockhill Avenue).  

    Those Requiring Handicapped Accessibility  
    Despite your graduate’s last name, please park in the Gulling Training Center Lot (located immediately west of Mount Union Stadium) and access the Stadium via the southwest entrance.   

  2. Will restroom facilities be available in the Mount Union Stadium? 

    Yes. The restrooms in the Mount Union Stadium will be open and available for use. Restrooms will be properly cleaned throughout and between the ceremonies.   

  3. Will handicapped-accessible seating be available in Mount Union Stadium?  

    Yes. Handicapped-accessible seating will be available in the stadium. When ordering your tickets, please indicate if handicapped-accessible seating is required.  

  4. Will handicapped-accessible parking be available? 

    Yes. Despite your graduate’s last name, please park in the Gulling Training Center Lot (located immediately west of Mount Union Stadium) and access the Stadium via the southwest entrance.  Please use this Commencement Weekend Parking Map for reference.

     

Photos

  1. Will guests be permitted to come to the stage to take photographs of their graduates as they earn their degrees?   

    No. Guests will remain in their reserved seating during the entire duration of the ceremony.  

  2. Will a professional photograph be taken of each graduate during Commencement?   

    Yes. A professional photographer will be taking individual photos of each student after the student has crossed the stage and received a diploma cover. A photo backdrop will be provided, and students will be permitted to briefly remove their face coverings for the photo. A complimentary print of each graduate’s photo will be provided when diplomas are distributed. Additional prints of the photo can be ordered from Cockrill’s Studioapproximately a week after Commencement Weekend. 

  3. Will the University be taking photos during and after each ceremony? 

    Yes. Photos taken during Commencement Weekend, including images of the ceremonies and candid photos following each ceremony, will be shared via Facebook and a link to the photo album will be shared on the Commencement website following Commencement Weekend. 

    

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

  1. Will facilities be cleaned in between Commencement ceremonies? 

    Yes, the Physical Plant staff will thoroughly clean the facilities in between each ceremony. The University uses Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Occupational Safety and Health Association (OSHA) approved procedures for cleaning practices and utilizes CDC-approved, hospital-grade disinfectants.  

  2. Should Commencement participants and guests conduct a health assessment prior to attending a ceremony?

    Yes. We ask that those attending ceremonies monitor their own symptoms prior to arriving at Mount Union Stadium. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you should refrain from attending. Please visit the Personal Safety Practicessection of our2020 Fall Responsible Reopening website for additional details.  

  3. Will face coverings be required?

    In accordance with state mandates and the institution’s 2020 Fall Responsible Reopening, all Commencement participants and guests will be required to wear an appropriate face covering during the duration of the ceremony and time on campus. Mount Union face coverings, ordered specifically for our Commencement Weekend ceremonies, will be provided to graduates, faculty, members of the platform party, and identified essential workers. Guests must provide their own face coverings. Disposable face coverings will be provided for guests who do not have their own. Please visit the Personal Safety Practicessection of our2020 Fall Responsible Reopening website for additional details.  

  4. Is social distancing required?

    When on campus for Commencement activities, all Commencement participants and guests are expected to maintain a physical distance of six feetPlease visit the Personal Safety Practicessection of our2020 Fall Responsible Reopening website for additional details.  

  5. Will the in-person ceremony be held if the COVID-19 pandemic worsens?

    The University is committed following the Responsible Restart Ohio plan, as outlined by the Ohio Governor’s Office, as well as those guidelines provided through the CDC and other guiding agencies. As our knowledge of COVID-19 evolves and added information becomes available, the plans presented regarding Commencement are subject to change. Should the pandemic worsen or new state or federal regulations be announced between now and Commencement Weekend, modifications regarding Mount Union’s plans for graduation may be necessary.  

    

Other Commencement-Related Events

  1. Will GradFest (formerly known as Senior Salute) take place this year?

    Yes, GradFest (formerly known as Senior Salute) will take place on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in the Peterson Field House from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  2. Will there be a Commencement rehearsal?  

    No, there will not be a Commencement rehearsal. Instead, instructions regarding Commencement processes and procedures will be sent to the students from the University marshal. Please review the instructions prior to your designated ceremony.  

  3. Will there be a Baccalaureate service?    

    The 2021 Baccalaureate service will be virtual with a very limited in-person capacity.  

    Mount Union will hold its One Hundred and Seventy-Fifth Baccalaureate Service on Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. in the Dewald Chapel. Baccalaureate is a student-led, interdenominational worship service and will include original poetry, reflections, and special music from members of our graduating class. The theme for this year’s ceremony is, “Living a Faith Rooted in Justice and Unity,” and the keynote message will be delivered by Roger Stewart, assistant principal for academics at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio.

  4. Will there be a Commencement luncheon?   

    No. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Commencement luncheon will not take place. Eating venues on campus will not be open to the public during Commencement Weekend.  

Commencement Resources

You may find these additional Commencement Weekend resources helpful in your planning.