The Class of 2021 is celebrating Commencement, the culmination of their time at Arcadia University. Celebrating with faculty and staff who have meant so much to them helps make the ceremony even more memorable for our students. Your time, talent, and energy is greatly appreciated as we offer our graduates a memorable and celebratory Commencement.
The schedule of events can be found here. We will celebrate the Class of 2021 with six in-person Commencement ceremonies on Haber Green, grouped by degrees and programs, so students can celebrate alongside their classmates. Each graduate can bring up to four guests to their scheduled ceremony. The ceremonies have been timed to include chair cleaning and setup between each event, and will adhere to the University’s health and safety guidelines and protocols. All attendees must wear a mask and remain socially distanced in their seat.
This ceremony will adhere to all health and safety protocols set forth by the Arcadia University Health and Safety plan. All attendees must wear a mask and remain socially distanced in their seat during the ceremony.
Attend the ceremony
There will be an exclusive, socially distanced seating section for faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend as a unit or department, and may select a space outside of the grid on the Green to sit, whether up on the Walk of Pride or off to the side. Faculty and staff who are interested in attending the ceremony should register at Commencement@arcadia.edu.
Volunteer on-campus for a ceremony
With six ceremonies over two days, we will need an overlap of volunteers for a variety of roles like reading names of graduates safely and off-stage or cheering on graduates.
Record a video for the Class
Lend your talents, energy, and pride for the Class of 2021 by taking a supporting -- or starring -- role in a faculty and staff congratulatory video message to be played at the ceremonies and online. Submit a video here by May 6.
Stand in the Honor Guard on the Walk of Pride
After each ceremony, graduates will be directed to exit down the Walk of Pride to form a safely distanced Honor Guard—a time-honored tradition at Arcadia University. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the end of each ceremony to cheer on our graduates, who will then exit campus in their vehicles through a drive-thru celebration led by Alumni Relations.
Faculty and staff who would like only to participate in the Honor Guard should plan to arrive one hour after the respective ceremony begins and use the Castle entrance to park in LOT A (turn left when you enter campus), before heading to the Walk of Pride:
Ceremony 1: Arrive at 11 a.m. for the 10 a.m. ceremony on May 20
Ceremony 2: Arrive at 2 p.m. for the 1 p.m. ceremony on May 20
Ceremony 3: Arrive at 6 p.m. for the 5 p.m. ceremony on May 20
Ceremony 4: Arrive at 10 a.m. for the 9 a.m. ceremony on May 21
Ceremony 5: Arrive at 1 p.m. for the noon ceremony on May 21
Ceremony 6: Arrive at 4 p.m. for the 3 p.m. ceremony on May 21
*Note: Regalia cannot be ordered at this point, but the University has extra in case anyone wants to wear for the Honor Guard or borrow from a friend. Contact Commencement@arcadia.edu if you need regalia.
Lisa Stephens, Senior Director of University Relations