Commencement

The 153rd Spring Commencement Weekend
Friday, May 21 to Monday, May 24, 2021

Lehigh University is taking comprehensive measures to support the health and well-being of our community, as well as our neighbors in Bethlehem. Lehigh will make every effort to celebrate this important milestone in-person for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in a safe and responsible manner. We will be continuously monitoring the spread of the virus in our community, as well as adhering to federal, state and local health and safety protocols throughout Commencement weekend. Please be advised that the plans for Commencement are subject to change based on COVID-19 requirements and best practices established by federal, state or local authorities or University policy. We recommend that you review all of the information provided throughout these web pages and bookmark this page to stay up-to-date on Commencement plans. We look forward to coming together as a community and recognizing the graduates for their contributions and hard work and welcoming them into the Lehigh alumni family.

Commencement Schedule

Commencement Address and Celebration Kickoff

Friday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. EST | Virtual

Online celebration for the graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021, featuring Commencement speaker, Terry J. Hart ’68.

*Registration is not required to attend this kickoff celebration.

Graduate Commencement Ceremony for the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 3 p.m. EST | Goodman Stadium (outdoors)

Recognizing master’s and doctorate degrees from both classes. The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be part of the in-person Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Graduates are required to RSVP by April 26 to confirm their participation for the in-person ceremony.

RSVP details for 2020 Graduates >
RSVP details for 2021 Graduates >
Ticket information for Guests >
Severe Weather Plan >
Get Directions to Goodman Stadium >

Class of 2020 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST* | Goodman Stadium (outdoors)

Graduates are required to RSVP by April 26 to confirm their participation for the in-person ceremony.

*An additional ceremony may be scheduled at 2:00 p.m. based on the number of graduates and current federal, state or local capacity guidelines for the stadium.

RSVP details for 2020 Graduates >
Ticket information for Guests >
Severe Weather Plan >
Get Directions to Goodman Stadium >

Baccalaureate

Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 5 p.m. EST* | Virtual

Baccalaureate service is part of the Lehigh graduation tradition. This year’s service will be held virtually for the graduates of the Class of 2020 and 2021, featuring E.J. Dionne, Jr., Syndicated Columnist, The Washington Post; Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution; and Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

*Registration is not required to attend.

Class of 2021 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Monday, May 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. EST* | Goodman Stadium (outdoors)

Graduates are required to RSVP by April 26 to confirm their participation for the in-person ceremony.

*An additional ceremony may be scheduled at 2:00 p.m. based on the number of graduates and current federal, state or local capacity guidelines for the stadium.

RSVP details for 2021 Graduates >
Ticket information for Guests >
Severe Weather Plan >
Get Directions to Goodman Stadium >

 

COVID-19 Self-Assessment

Access to Commencement and Lehigh Campuses

Graduates, faculty, staff, and guests are required to complete a HawkWatch Self-Assessment the day of their in-person ceremony before arriving to the Lehigh campus.

Learn more about the self-assessment >

Download the HawkWatch app >

 

  • Celebration Kickoff

    Commencement Speaker

    Distinguished NASA Astronaut Terry Hart ’68 to deliver the Commencement Address virtually for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. Learn more about Terry Hart ’68 >

    Terry Hart

Severe Weather Information

Commencement will be held outdoors in Goodman Stadium. In the event of extreme weather conditions, ceremony plans will be adjusted. We recommend you review the Severe Weather information and monitor the page if weather may affect your ceremony. View severe weather information >

Accessible Parking & Seating Options

Accessible parking and seating are available at the University Commencement Ceremonies. View accessible parking & seating options >

Roses for Graduates

Honor your graduate’s accomplishments with a beautiful bouquet of roses. Available by the dozen and presented in a gift box with a gift card and personal message; the proceeds benefit the Crime Victims Council of the Lehigh Valley. Order roses here >

Commencement speaker

Commencement Highlights

Read about previous ceremonies. View stories about Commencement >

Medals

Honors and Awards

 

A Virtual Celebration

Lehigh University conferred degrees for the Class of 2020 in a moving, online tribute to graduates. Watch the celebration >