Elon University’s Commencement Ceremonies

2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Undergraduate Commencement will be held in three in-person ceremonies on Friday, May 21 in Schar Center. Ceremonies will run approximately 90 minutes.

9 a.m. ceremony (doors open at 8:15 a.m.)

  • Graduates of the Love School of Business

1 p.m. ceremony (doors open at 12:15 p.m.)

  • Graduates of Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences, with degrees in:
    • Arts & Humanities
  • Graduates of the School of Communications
  • Graduates of the School of Education

5 p.m. ceremony (doors open at 4:15 p.m.)

  • Graduates of Elon College, the College of Arts & Sciences, with degrees in:
    • Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Sciences
    • Engineering
    • Natural and Social Sciences

Read more details about ticketing and procedures for the undergraduate ceremonies here.

Graduate Commencement will be held in multiple in-person ceremonies on Tuesday, May 18 in Alumni Gym. Graduate students will learn about guest tickets for family and friends and virtual broadcasts from their program directors. Ceremonies will be held as follows:

1 p.m. – Master of Arts in Higher Education

4 p.m. – Master of Arts in Interactive Media

7 p.m. – Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Science in Business Analytics and Master of Science in Management.

Wearing masks and practicing physical distancing will be required at all Commencement Week events. There will be no exceptions to the mask policy, including in outdoor venues.

Class of 2020 Graduation Celebration

Elon remains committed to 2020 graduates and to gathering in-person to celebrate members of the Class of 2020, which was honored in virtual degree conferral ceremonies last May.

Based on input from 2020 graduates, Elon will schedule events for Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-5, 2021.

  • Events being planned include informal gatherings on Saturday, Sept. 4, in conjunction with a Phoenix football game at Rhodes Stadium and an outdoor evening gathering.
  • Sunday’s events will tentatively include a brunch followed by formal Commencement exercises, including caps and gowns, at 1 p.m. in Schar Center for graduates and at least two guests. The ceremony will also be streamed at www.elon.edu/live.
  • Both those in attendance and those unable to attend will have an opportunity to be recognized and receive their saplings.
  • Updated health guidelines will be followed at all events.

More information is available here, and further details will be announced by May 31.

Upcoming Ceremonies

View program information and recordings of the 2020 Commencement and Virtual Degree Conferral ceremonies in our Past Ceremonies Archive.


Latest Commencement News & Updates

Visit our news archive for coverage of Commencement events from previous years.