Dear Class of 2021,
I am writing with an announcement regarding May’s Commencement ceremonies. In the ongoing interest of public health and safety during the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to hold all virtual spring 2021 Commencement events. We made this decision only after consulting with local and national medical experts. Knowing that Commencement is the culmination of years of hard work for our graduates and sacrifice for their families, our current plan is to stage a large virtual event befitting the occasion on Sunday, May 23, 2021. We wanted to let you and your families know as early as possible so you can plan accordingly. We will continue to monitor public health orders and consult health experts to determine if there is an opportunity to safely stage a hybrid event and will share more details this spring if that becomes a possibility.
In addition to the formal university-wide ceremony, each college and school is working on adapting their Commencement ceremonies and traditions. More information on virtual Commencement ceremonies, as well as other ways Marquette plans to recognize the Class of 2021, will be shared in early spring.
Please accept our best wishes for a healthy and memorable final semester at Marquette. We recognize and share the pride that you and your families rightfully feel, as well as the hard work and the sacrifices that each of you continue to make in the pursuit of your education and professional goals. My colleagues and I look forward to celebrating with you virtually on May 23.
Dr. Kimo Ah Yun
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs