Information for 2021 Graduates

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

The details below will provide you with the information you need for graduation and your Lehigh University Commencement Ceremony in Goodman Stadium.

Use this step-by-step checklist to keep track of all the things you need to do—from ordering regalia to confirming your participation in the upcoming in-person ceremony, this list has you covered. View the checklist for graduates >

All graduates and guests must adhere to all Lehigh University COVID-19 Guidelines, which include wearing a cloth face covering (covering mouth and nose) at all times, maintaining 6-foot social distancing (exception to guests in the same party), washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and practicing other good health behaviors such as avoiding touching your face and covering your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. Anyone failing to comply will not be permitted access to the ceremony and will be required to leave. This is for the safety of all of our University community members, and no exceptions will be made. Please plan accordingly. Each ceremony will be streamed live and anyone who cannot (or will not) comply with the COVID-19 Guidelines are welcome to attend Commencement remotely. For more information on Lehigh’s guidelines, please visit Help Stop the Spread.

All graduates and guests are required to complete a COVID-19 Self-Assessment the day of their assigned ceremony and prior to arriving on Lehigh campus. For more information on how to complete your Self-Assessment, please visit the COVID-19 Self-Assessment. You must show proof of your completed Self-Assessment (on your phone or print out) with green QR code to gain access into Goodman stadium. If you receive an orange QR code, your temperature will be checked on site and must be below 100 degrees Fahrenheit prior to being admitted to the ceremony. Please do not attempt to attend Commencement if you receive a red QR code, your temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or you do not show proof of completion. You will be denied access to campus and required to leave. This is for the safety of all of our University community members, and no exceptions will be made. Please plan accordingly.

All Class of 2021 graduates are required to RSVP by April 26 to participate in the in-person ceremony. If you do not plan to participate, we encourage you to RSVP as the online system offers another opportunity to recognize your accomplishments. Only graduates that completed their graduation application by April 23 will have access to login to the RSVP system and participate in the ceremonies. Please follow the steps below by April 26.

  • Access our Online System
    • On April 27, the site will remain open, but you will no longer be able to change your RSVP or provide a recording of your name.
  • Select Register under New Users.
  • Enter your Lehigh University email address (i.e. abc123@lehigh.edu)
    • Note: You must use the email address where you received the email, RSVP Form for Class of 2021. If you did not receive this email, please contact us at inuday@lehigh.edu.
  • Once your account is registered, you will receive an email confirmation prompting you to create a password.
  • Login to the Online System and complete the form.
    • Within the form, you will be able to RSVP, provide the phonetic spelling of your name, record your name, submit a photo and message to family and friends, and more.
    • If you do not plan to participate in the in-person ceremony, you still have the option to record your name and submit a photo and message for your personalized slide that will be uploaded to the Lehigh Commencement website.
    • Please note: You may continue to login to your account until May 8 to upload/edit your photo or message. The RSVP and name recording portion of the form will close after April 26.
  • Upon completion, make sure to click Submit. You will receive an email confirming your submission.

Next Steps

  • Once the system closes, a professional announcer will record every graduate’s name that was provided by April 26 and use the information within your form to pronounce your name correctly.
  • If you did not provide phonetic spelling and/or record your name, your name will still be recorded in advance based on professional judgement as long as you completed your graduation application by April 23.
    • If you RSVP'd “no” to the in-person ceremony, a professional announcer will record your name and the recording will be part of your recognition slide that will be uploaded to the Lehigh Commencement website.
  • Prior to the in-person ceremonies, all graduates that confirmed their participation for the in-person ceremony will receive an email directing them to login to their account to access their Grad Pass. You will have the ability to download the Grad Pass to your phone or print it. (Printed copy is recommended.) This pass will include your ceremony information, line-up number for the Student Assembly area, and QR code that is linked to your recorded name.

If you are unable to attend in person, all graduates who submitted their graduation application by April 23 will be recognized online. Please review the steps under the RSVP Required section above. After selecting “No” for the in-person ceremony, you will be able to complete the rest of the form, including recording your name and submitting a photo and message. The information you submit will be used to create your personalized commencement slide that will be uploaded to the commencement website. You will be able to see your slide online, share it with friends and family, and click on your slide to hear your name read.

In addition, every in-person commencement ceremony will be live-streamed on the Lehigh Commencement homepage. We invite you to tune in from your computer to hear the student speakers’ remarks and cheer on your fellow classmates as they cross the stage.

All graduates are expected to wear official Lehigh University academic regalia. Lehigh regalia is available through Herff Jones in partnership with the Bookstore.

Virtual Grad Fair

To learn more about ordering your regalia, class rings, diploma frames, and more, visit the Virtual Grad Fair. You can also place your orders directly on this site.

Renting Regalia

If you are participating in the in-person ceremony and/or wish to wear regalia for personal celebrations, regalia can be ordered through Herff Jones using the instructions below.

  • Start your Order
  • Click on “Order a Cap & Gown” to rent your cap, gown, and hood. Pricing information is available online.
  • You will have the option to home ship (recommended) or pick-up at the Bookstore. If you select pick-up at the Bookstore, you will still be asked for your home ship address as a back-up. Please note, you will not be able to change your delivery method after ordering.
  • Bookstore Pick-up orders must be submitted by April 12.
  • Home ship orders must be submitted by April 26.
  • As of April 27, the Cap & Gown ordering site will be closed. If you miss the ordering date, please contact the Bookstore at bkslehigh@bncollege.com.
  • Questions about regalia, diploma frames, class rings, or other graduation products? Contact Chris Urban at curban@herffjones.com.

Buying Regalia

If you are interested in buying regalia to keep, information is available on the Herff Jones custom school regalia website. Click on “Custom School Regalia” for more information on this option. All orders must be placed through the Lehigh University bookstore no later than March 22.

Regalia Delivery/Pick-up

If you selected home ship, your regalia will be delivered to the address you provided. If you selected to pick up your regalia at the Bookstore, you must pick up your order the week of May 17 during business hours.

Return of Gowns and Hoods

Following the in-person ceremony, collection bins will be set-up on the lawn outside of the stadium leading to the parking lots. Please return your regalia gown and hood at one of these bins before returning to your vehicle. Regalia can also be returned throughout the day using the collection bins at the Bookstore. NOTE: You may keep your cap & tassel; the exception is for Doctoral graduates who can only keep tassel.

Bookstore on Goodman Campus

The Bookstore will be setting up a mobile store on Goodman Campus for the in-person ceremonies, located at the Rust Pavilion. They will be selling all of their graduate and family favorite merchandise so you can get any Lehigh gear before heading on the road for your post-graduation celebration.

Each ceremony is limited to 4 guests per graduate; tickets are required for guests.

The ticket reservation system for Goodman Stadium will go live the week of May 3rd. Based on the RSVPs received by the April 26 deadline, we will inform graduates the week of May 3rd if an additional undergraduate ceremony is required at 2pm. A personalized promo code will be sent to graduates who confirmed their participation for the in-person ceremony. Enter this code in the box on the top right of the Lehigh tickets website and click “Go.” You will see your assigned ceremony time slot and date. Click “Find Tickets” where you will see Goodman Stadium displayed on your screen. (You will be required to pick 4 seats to ensure seats stay within the same party.) Once the online ticket form has been completed, the person who reserved the seats will receive an email with the tickets. Guests must have their tickets onsite (by phone or print out) as they will be scanned at the stadium gates to confirm access into their assigned ceremony. If your guests change after submitting the ticket form, please contact inuday@lehigh.edu to provide the name(s) of the new guest(s) and who they will be replacing.

All seat reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. The majority of the seats are bleacher seats with a limited number of chairback seats. The type of seat will be described when hovering over a seat on the diagram.

Prior to the in-person ceremonies, all graduates who confirmed their participation for the in-person ceremony will receive an email the week of May 10th directing them to login to their online account to access their Grad Pass. You will have the ability to download the Grad Pass to your phone or print it. (Printed copy is recommended.) This pass will include your ceremony information, your college you will be seated with on the field, and QR code that is linked to your recorded name.,

Day of, please report to the Student Check-In tents on Goodman Campus 1 hour prior to your assigned ceremony time in appropriate academic regalia wearing a mask with your Grad Pass (printed copy, which is recommended; or on your fully charged phone) and completed Self-Assessment (on your phone or print out).

The check-in tents will be located on the east side of Goodman stadium. Staff members will be onsite to officially check you in for the ceremony. You must show them your Grad Pass and proof of your completed COVID-19 Self-Assessment with green QR code to gain access into Goodman stadium. If you receive an orange QR code, your temperature will be checked on site prior to being admitted to the ceremony. Please do not attempt to attend Commencement if you receive a red QR code, your temperature is above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, or you have not completed your COVID-19 Self-Assessment. You will be denied access to campus and required to leave. This is for the safety of all of our University community members, and no exceptions will be made. Please plan accordingly. If you provide a COVID-19 Self-Assessment with a green QR code or orange QR code and your temperature is below 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you will receive a wristband that is specific to your ceremony.

There will be tables set-up next to the Student Assembly Area with staff who can assist you with any issues related to your regalia, access to Self-Assessment, and/or Grad Pass.

Once you are checked in, you will be directed to enter the stadium through the north entrance gates. You must show your wristband to staff at the stadium gates before entering the stadium. There will not be a formal procession for graduates.

No walk-ins will be permitted.

Inside the stadium, you will be seated on the field by college. Please use your GradPass card to confirm your college, and follow the signs on the field to sit in the appropriate section. Faculty Ushers will be on the field to assist you with any questions. You do not need to sit in alphabetical order. Bottled water will be on the field for graduates and chairs will be set 6 feet apart.

The Exercises will begin with the Processional of Faculty and the Presidential Party. During which, everyone will be asked to stand. Once the Processional concludes, everyone will remain standing for the singing of the National Anthem. After the National Anthem, everyone will be seated. Following the introductory remarks, a selected undergraduate student will give remarks at the undergraduate ceremony and a selected graduate student will give remarks at the graduate ceremony.

The dean of each college will ask the candidates to rise and the president will confer the degrees. The candidates will be led forward, in alphabetical order, by the ushers. Markings will be on the field to remind everyone to maintain 6-foot social distancing. Prior to accessing the stage, your photograph will be taken by a commercial photographer. Your mask may be removed for this photo and must be put back on immediately after the photo. As you approach the stage, you will present your Grad Pass QR code to the scanner at either the left or right side of the stage. If using your phone, make sure the brightness setting is at least mid-level. Your QR code will be scanned, announcing your name as you walk onto the stage where you will be captured on screen with your name displayed. No handshakes on stage. At this time, your photograph will be taken again by a commercial photographer; your mask may be removed for this photo and must be put back on immediately after the photo. You will then exit the stage and return to your row and seat.

The Exercises will close with the ringing of the bell and the Alma Mater. You are requested to remain in your seat until all degrees have been conferred and the ceremony has concluded.

The departure from the stadium will be led by the University Marshal, the Mace Bearer, the Presidential Party, and the Faculty. Once the Faculty have cleared, ushers will dismiss graduates by row and graduates must exit out the gates on the left or right side of the stadium house. No photographs will be allowed on the field. Graduates must meet their guests outside of Goodman Stadium; no exceptions.

GradImages is the official photographer for Lehigh University’s Commencement Ceremonies. GradImages photographers will take pictures of each graduate prior to walking onto the stage and one on the stage. Masks may be removed for these two photographs, but they must be put back on immediately after each photo. Proofs and orders forms will be emailed to each graduate within 7 days of the ceremony. If you have not received your photos or have questions regarding your photos, please contact GradImages at www.gradimages.com or (800) 261-2576.

Diplomas will be mailed to the address that you provided when completing your graduation application. Estimated delivery time is four to six weeks after Commencement. If you have not received your diploma by July 12, please contact Registration & Academic Services at (610) 758-3200.

For each ceremony, an online program with the order of exercises, student speaker bios, and more will be available to view on the Commencement website. These programs will be provided online closer to the ceremony dates.

A printed commemorative Commencement program will be mailed this summer to graduates with degrees awarded. This program will be an official representation of the graduates from Lehigh University. The Class of 2020 program will include graduates’ names and honors & awards with degrees awarded in Summer 2019, Winter 2020, and Spring 2020. The Class of 2021 program will include graduates’ names and honors & awards with degrees awarded in Summer 2020, Winter 2021, and Spring 2021.

Graduates will receive the printed program based on when their degree was awarded. If a graduate plans to walk in the Class of 2021 ceremony and their degree will be awarded in Summer 2021, Winter 2022, or Spring 2022, they will be printed in next year’s Class of 2022 program.

Printed programs will be mailed to the mailing address graduates provided for their diploma. If you already received your diploma and your address has since changed, please complete this form. If you have not graduated yet and you would like to change your mailing address for your diploma and program, please complete RAS's Diploma Address Update Form.

A digital version of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 Commencement printed programs will also be available on the Commencement website to view and download this summer.

The Epitome, Lehigh University’s yearbook is available for purchase for a limited time!

Created exclusively by students, the Epitome is one of Lehigh’s most prominent commemorative records - this year marks the 145th edition. More than just a memento, it’s a window looking back at your Lehigh experience.

Preserve your Lehigh memories forever. The 2021 Epitome is a full-color, hardbound publication that captures a year of life on campus. This year’s edition will be unlike any other, just as this academic year has been.

Class of 2021, share your plans for after graduation by completing the First Destination Survey and update your LinkedIn profile. We understand that securing the future you want may take longer considering the current circumstances. If you need help shaping your plans for life after Lehigh, the Career Center is here to help. To get started, access the jobs seekers tool kit, and schedule an appointment to work one on one with the Career team.

  • No tailgating will be allowed at the Commencement ceremonies.
  • Guests will not be permitted access to the stadium field at any time.
  • Cell phones must be silenced during the ceremony.
  • Alcohol or smoking is not permitted.
  • Drones are prohibited on Lehigh campus.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of University Events at inuday@lehigh.edu or call (610) 758-4682.