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PSU Graduation To be in Person

Penn State announced Wednesday that it will host in-person commencement ceremonies for the class of 2021, according to a university release.

“Commencement is a pivotal occasion for our students, their loved ones and our University community,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “To be able to celebrate in person is important, and I am so pleased we will be able to gather together many of our graduates on campuses and virtually to mark this important milestone for the members of the class of 2021. This is such a special time for our students, and we look forward to celebrating the culmination of their years of dedication and hard work.”

While virtual and livestream options will still be available, President Barron says that the decision to have in-person ceremonies was made due to the “rising vaccination rates” and recent changes to state guidelines.

“We all need to continue our vigilance with respect to COVID-19, and I call on everyone in our community to continue to follow all public health guidelines,” Barron said. “While I look forward to celebrating in person, we will remain flexible and adjust our plans based on changing virus conditions or changes in public health guidelines.”

University officials add that the 2021 Spring Commencement will be held at Beaver Stadium, regardless of weather, from May 7-9.

Each graduate will be allowed to bring two guests to the commencement ceremony.

Barron adds that the commonwealth campuses will also have their own in-person graduation ceremonies.

“I am proud of all our graduating students. Graduation is a special time in the lives of our students and each campus is planning a very thoughtful and meaningful celebration to recognize this significant milestone,” said Madlyn Hanes, senior vice president for Commonwealth Campuses and executive chancellor. “I look forward to the variety of ceremonies that will be taking place across our Commonwealth Campuses this spring to celebrate the exceptional accomplishments of all our graduates.”

Mask wearing and social distancing will be required for all graduates and their guests, the release notes.

For more information about spring 2021 commencement, visit Penn State’s commencement website.

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