May Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Virtual

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May Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Virtual

Published: March 2, 2021.

Dear Members of the Lewis University Community:

In the interest of the health and safety of our graduates and guests, we have made the difficult decision to hold virtual degree ceremonies on Commencement Weekend, Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. 

Although the ceremonies for our 1,000+ graduates cannot be held in person this May, each of the individual Colleges, through the leadership of their respective deans, is exploring the possibility of small, on-campus recognition events that will allow for graduates and limited numbers of family members to come to campus to celebrate with faculty and other members of the Lewis community, in small groups.  We are also planning a live-streamed Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 8 with limited in-person attendance.

In addition, the Commencement Coordinating Committee is developing a series of "drive up" events so that graduates can pick-up honors cords, diploma covers, program books, and other keepsake items.  We are also planning on-campus photo opportunities for graduates. Details about these events will be announced soon. 

Information about the Commencement Weekend schedule and details for the virtual Degree Ceremonies will soon appear on the Commencement website ( and will also be shared by the Office of the Registrar via e-mail and postal mail. In addition, please watch for communication from your respective College about recognition events that are currently being planned.

And to you, our May graduates: You have accomplished so much in your time at Lewis! Despite the limitations, we will do our absolute best to celebrate you and all that you have meant to us over these years.


Dr. David Livingston

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