Class of 2020 FAQs

Will Elon hold an in-person ceremony for the Class of 2020?

Yes. Based on input from 2020 graduates, Elon will host events celebrating the Class of 2020 during Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5, 2021. This date will accommodate graduates’ requests for time to schedule a trip back to campus and enjoy the Elon environment on a three-day weekend.

What is the event schedule for the weekend? Will there be formal Commencement exercises?

The weekend will culminate with formal Commencement exercises, including caps and gowns, followed by a brunch. Due to evolving COVID conditions and the number of visitors coming to campus without verified vaccination status, the Commencement 2020 ceremony has moved to Under the Oaks at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 5 (rain location: Schar Center). The ceremony will be streamed at www.elon.edu/live for those who cannot be in attendance. View the complete list of events on the Commencement Schedule page.

Will there be any restrictions in place due to COVID-19?

To protect all participants and the campus community and mitigate the spread of the virus, graduates and their guests should bring masks to Commencement Weekend and wear them, per campus policy, in all indoor community spaces (except while eating or drinking). Because the CDC continues to recommend masks outdoors in crowded settings, particularly when unvaccinated people are present, all participants in Commencement will also be required to wear masks outdoors at 2020 Commencement. We encourage all in attendance to be vaccinated. As you plan your arrival, please visit www.elon.edu/healthyelon for gathering guidelines and other university policies.

Do I have to wear a mask during the entire Commencement ceremony?

Graduates will have an opportunity to be photographed without masks during the ceremony. Otherwise, masks should be worn during the ceremony.

Can I bring guests to the Commencement ceremony?

Tickets are required for guest admission to the ceremony. Based on the ticket requests made at registration, each participant will receive two additional tickets to the Commencement ceremony. Tickets will be included in the packet distributed at Martin Alumni Center Check-in. Class of 2020 participants need a Phoenix Card or photo ID for verification.

How do I pick up my tickets?

Tickets will be included in the packet distributed at Martin Alumni Center Check-in, open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3 and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4. Class of 2020 participants need Phoenix Card or photo ID for verification. Only participants (the registered graduates) may pick up their tickets and the packet and will be responsible for sharing tickets for the Commencement ceremony or other activities with their guests.

Can anyone pick up my registration packet for me?

No. Only participants (the registered graduates) may pick up their tickets and the packet and will be responsible for sharing tickets for the Commencement ceremony or other activities with their guests. Guests may not pick up packets or tickets for any activities or the Commencement ceremony. Friends may not pick up packets or tickets for fellow class members.

When should I arrive for the formal Commencement exercises?

Class of 2020 graduates who are participating in Commencement should arrive at Alumni Gym by 8 a.m. Staff members will assign seating for pre-ceremony announcements and assist with line-up.

Will graduates wear caps and gowns during the ceremony?

Yes. Many Class of 2020 graduates received their cap and gown from the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Spring 2020. Please remember to pack the cap and gown you already received to be robed and ready for Sunday Commencement. For those who do not have a cap and gown, a limited supply of various sizes will be available at Martin Alumni Center Check-in.

Will I receive my Elon oak sapling?

Yes. Participants will cross the stage as their names are read and will receive an oak sapling.

Will the ceremony be livestreamed?

Anyone who is unable to attend the formal Commencement exercises in person can view a livestream of the ceremony at www.elon.edu/live.