- When is Commencement 2021?
- Where are the Commencement ceremonies being held?
- Do we need tickets for Commencement?
- Will the ceremony be available to watch online?
- What are the health and safety considerations?
- Where should be park?
- May we take photographs of the speakers and graduates during the ceremonies?
- Will the graduate student reception and Garden Party be held this year?
- A member of our family has a mobility impairment and requires special access. How should we arrange for this?
1. When is Commencement 2021?
Commencement ceremonies for 2021 have been split into two: those earning graduate degrees (M.A., M.S.S., Ph.D.) will have their degrees conferred on Friday, May 28, at 5:00pm; those earning an undergraduate degree (A.B.) will have their degrees conferred on Saturday, May 29, at 2 p.m.
The reason for two ceremonies in 2021 is our commitment to hold an in-person ceremony for the class of 2021. The health and safety of the degree candidates, the BMC community and guests in general has been paramount in all the planning.
At the Friday Commencement for graduate degree recipients, President Kim Cassidy confers the degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Social Service, and the Doctorate onto the assembled candidates. The Masters candidates receive a diploma letter, while each Doctoral candidate is “hooded” by the Chair of the Faculty. At the Saturday Commencement, A.B. degrees are awarded in alphabetical order by academic department and alphabetical order by last name within a department.
2. Where are the Commencement ceremonies being held?
Both the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 28, and the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 29, will take place on Merion Green. To maintain appropriate physical distancing, the degree candidates and members of the academic procession will be seated under a tent. Due to space limitations, guests will be restricted to two per degree candidate, the two guests will be seated next to each other in their own pod and six feet away from other guests, and all guest seating will be outside the tent. The College landscape does not allow for additional tenting for guests. Late May in Philadelphia can range from hot and humid to cool and wet; we recommend guests dress in layers and have rain gear handy.
3. Do we need tickets for Commencement?
Tickets will be required to attend the ceremony and will be limited to two guests per degree candidate. We recognize this decision creates a challenge, but we can only go forward with an in-person graduation this year by limiting the number who attend. Degree candidates will receive more detailed information on tickets in April. Tickets will not be transferrable.
4. Will each ceremony be available to watch online?
We will livestream both the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 28, and the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 29. There will be a link prominently displayed on the College’s homepage on Friday and Saturday.
5. What are the health and safety considerations?
Our College risk mitigation guidelines on physical distancing and masking must be followed by all guests in attendance. Click here for all our pandemic information.
6. Where should be park?
Parking is available in all Bryn Mawr College lots. In the event that a lot is full, a uniformed Campus Safety office or a sign will direct you to the next available lot.
7. May we take photographs of the speakers and graduates during the ceremony?
Yes, you may take photographs from your seat; however, to maintain physical distancing and to avoid obstructing the views of others, you will not be allowed to approach the stage area.
Bryn Mawr has contracted with Legacy Photographics to take a photograph of each graduate receiving his/her diploma letter from President Cassidy. Legacy Photographics will mail information about purchasing these photographs to the degree candidates.
8. Will the graduate student reception and Garden Party be held this year?
No, the traditional celebratory events will not be held as usual. Instead, each degree recipient, after returning the borrowed regalia, will receive a complimentary reception box with provisions for four, to enjoy at their leisure.
9. A member of our family has a mobility impairment and requires special access. How should we arrange for this?
There is a designated drop-off point in the Merion parking lot close to the tent on Merion Green. In addition, reserved parking and reserved seating are available for guests with special needs.
In order for us to arrange this, please have the degree candidate complete and return the Request for Accommodation form no later than the end of April. The form was sent in February.
For both ceremonies, parking placards for special parking are required. The parking placard will be checked when you enter the parking lot.
A map indicating these areas will be included with the parking placard(s). Degree candidates must pick up this information packet from Conferences and Events, lower level of the Campus Center, during the week of Commencement.