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BREAKING: Wright State Announces Plans for In-Person Commencement

Commencement | Photo by Soham Parikh | Edited by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

Roxanne Roessner contributed to this story.

Wright State University (WSU) President Sue Edwards announced in an email to students on March 5 that commencement ceremonies for Spring 2021 graduating seniors will be in-person.

These ceremonies will be on April 30 and May 1 at the Nutter Center to accommodate safety precautions.

“University health and safety protocols, including the campus mask requirements and social distancing, will be observed at all ceremonies,” Edwards said.

Different times for different colleges

According to Edwards, there will be four commencement ceremonies to commemorate the spring class of 2021. Students earning a Ph.D., Ed.D. or master’s degree will graduate April 30 at 7 p.m., while those from the College of Education and Human Services and the Raj Soin College of Business will graduate at 10 a.m. on May 1. 

Students from the College of Engineering and Computer Science and the College of Science and Math will have their ceremony at 2 p.m. on May 1. Graduating students from the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Nursing and Health will have their event at 6 p.m. the same day.

The Lake Campus will be hosting multiple in-person commencements for the classes of summer and fall 2020 and the spring 2021 class. Once a venue is finalized, the university will announce the dates and times.

Each graduating student will receive up to four free tickets for family and friends to attend their commencement.  The university will share information regarding tickets shortly. WSU will also be live-streaming each commencement ceremony.

Future details ahead

The university will continue to monitor the coronavirus’ spread in Ohio and, if necessary, modify the commencement plan.

“While it is our absolute intention to hold all commencement ceremonies in person we must remain open to last-minute alterations to our planning given the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 situation,” Edwards said.

WSU will release more details regarding the ceremonies on its commencement website and social media accounts. The Lake Campus will also share information on its commencement website and social media accounts, respectively.


Maxwell Patton

Wright Life Reporter

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