Latest Commencement News

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  • COMMENCEMENT: Important updates (May 29, 2021, 5::58 p.m.)
  • BACCALAUREATE: Inspiring speeches, songs, and a student-produced music video kicked off a week of celebration for our graduating seniors. Chaplain Alex Hendrickson, President Byerly, and more than a dozen student performances (including Pepper Prize winner Basit Balogun ’21) reminded you why the Class of 2021 is so special.
  • HONORS CONVOCATION: Student award winners were celebrated virtually with a congratulatory message from President Byerly, a keynote speech from Darlyne Bailey ‘74, and a list of winners.
  • *Please note that diplomas and transcripts will reflect a “degree conferral date” of Saturday, June 5. It is important for students applying for graduate school, employment, etc. to list the degree conferral date on any applications (not the Commencement ceremony date).

Commencement is an important milestone for our graduates and their families. Lafayette College is looking forward to celebrating Commencement in-person with members of the Class of 2021 and limited guests. The College is equally committed to ensuring for the safety and health of our Lafayette and Easton communities. The current plans for Commencement, while different than years past, are grounded in this commitment to safety as well as celebrating our graduates in a meaningful, safe and responsible way.

The pandemic has taught us all the need to be flexible and we ask for your patience and understanding should we need to adapt our current plans to adhere to any changes in federal, state or local guidelines between now and May as safety guidelines continue to evolve.  The College will continue to monitor COVID related activity on campus and our local community.

Members of the Class of 2021 and their guests are encouraged to bookmark, review and monitor the information on this site, which serves to provide answers to many questions you may have regarding Commencement and related activities, and to stay informed about our ongoing efforts and planning.  In addition to the Commencement site, various College departments will share more detailed information directly with students in the days ahead.

We look forward to the coming milestone of Commencement and wish you and your graduate the best as you prepare for the big day!

If you have further questions after reviewing this site, please contact the President’s Office at or 610-330-5200.