Commencement for the Class of 2021

A Commencement ceremony to celebrate the Class of 2021 will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, at 11 a.m. in Alumni Gym on the main campus of Elon University.

Tickets will be required
  • Each candidate will receive six (6) tickets to share with those they wish to invite to attend the ceremony.
  • Tickets will be hard-copy, printed tickets. More details will be shared soon on how to obtain your allotment.
  • You may choose to share unneeded or extra tickets with your classmates and may do so among yourselves. We trust that you will all be courteous to one another in requesting/sharing tickets as you may wish to do. In keeping with that expectation, you are prohibited from auction, selling, or purchasing tickets or otherwise attaching a monetary or material value.
Masks will be required
  • Masks will be required to be worn consistent with Elon University’s masking requirements in accordance with current Healthy Elon policies and procedures.
  • Masks must be worn at all times when visiting indoor campus spaces.
  • Everyone is encouraged to wear masks outdoors in crowded areas and where social distancing is not possible.
Social Distancing
  • Guests are strongly encouraged to socially distance themselves from those from other households. Both the upper and lower seating areas of Alumni Gym will be available for seating to encourage social distancing.
  • As has been our long-standing practice, Commencement will be live-streamed and accessible for viewing at

Donning of the Kente Ceremony & Awards Ceremony

Both the Donning of the Kente Ceremony and Awards Ceremony will be conducted virtually on Friday, December 10. It is anticipated that these events will be held in the late afternoon or early evening. More details regarding the timing of these events and how to participate will be forthcoming. Because these events are virtual, there is no limit on the number of guests that may join. Details regarding the distribution of the stoles and the awards certificates are still being determined.

Other information, including keynote speakers for Commencement and the Kente Ceremony, rehearsal date and time, regalia pick-up, etc., will be shared as appropriate as those details are finalized.

Photography during Commencement

Professional photographers typically capture images of each graduate during the hooding and awarding of degrees of in-person ceremonies. Photo proofs are available online through GradImages a few days after the ceremony. Visit their website.

Prior Commencement speakers at Elon Law

  • 2009 – David Gergen, advisor to four U.S. presidents, director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and chair of the Elon University Law School Advisory Board
  • 2010 – United States Senator Kay Hagan
  • 2011 – United States Senator Richard Burr
  • 2012 – The Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • 2013 – The Honorable Catherine Eagles, Judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • 2014 – Thomas W. Ross. Sr., President, The University of North Carolina
  • 2015 – North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
  • 2016 – The Honorable Albert Diaz, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • May 2017 – Robert Grey Jr., retired senior counsel at Hunton & Williams, former president of the American Bar Association
  • December 2017 – The Honorable Mark D. Martin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • 2018 – North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein
  • 2019 – The Honorable Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of North Carolina
  • 2020 – The Honorable Roger L. Gregory, Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Past commencement ceremonies