Dear Class of 2021, Parents, Family Members and Friends:

The trustees, faculty, and staff of Lafayette College are pleased to announce the College will celebrate the Class of 2021 in-person at its 186th Commencement on Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. We recognize this is an important milestone for our graduates and their families and we also acknowledge the Commencement this Spring will look different in order for us to ensure for the safety and health of our Lafayette and Easton communities. The current plans for Commencement are grounded in this commitment to safety as well as celebrating our graduates.

The following information provides an overview of the Commencement ceremony. Additional information about Commencement as well as other events taking place to celebrate the Class of 2021 can be found at commencement.lafayette.edu. We will continue to update the Commencement site in the days and weeks to come. We recommend you 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.

The pandemic has taught us all the need to be flexible and we ask for your patience and understanding should we need to adapt to any changes in federal, state or local guidelines between now and May as safety guidelines continue to evolve. At this time, we share the following information to assist in your Commencement preparation plans:

  • Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. EDT in Fisher Stadium rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.
  • The Commencement ceremony is limited to two guests per graduate provided Pennsylvania guidelines continue to support such capacity for outdoor events. Members of the Class of 2021 do not require a ticket. There will be no additional tickets offered beyond the allotted two guest tickets per graduate. The decision of our guest capacity is driven by our commitment to provide appropriate physical space distancing and site lines for guests throughout the Stadium. Commencement will be live streamed for those who are not attending in-person. The live stream link will be available on the College’s homepage the morning of Commencement.
  • Tickets are required for the entry of each guest into the Stadium. The ticketing website will be made available for Graduates the week of May 3. Graduates will be required to provide guest information when requesting their tickets and will receive notification prior to the ticketing system opening with detailed instructions on how to secure their guest tickets.
  • There will be no overflow seating for non-ticketed guests or any indoor seating available.
  • Concessions will be available for purchase in the Stadium. Grab and go lunch boxes will be available to students and guests immediately following the ceremony on the Quad.
  • Masks are required for everyone on campus. Graduates will be spaced 6 feet part on Fisher Field. Graduate’s guests will be seated together in the Stadium and the College will work to maintain appropriate social distance from other guests and ask for each attendee to practice social distancing while on campus.
  • To request accessible seating or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Accessibility Services by Friday, April 30 at 610-330-3513.
  • Final exams will end the day before the Commencement program. Traditional programs highlighting awards and Latin honors that recognize student achievements will be available online.
  • The Commencement program and the graduate’s diploma will be mailed to the graduate’s homes once the completion of all grades and Latin honors processing is finalized. Grades will be finalized the week following Commencement. Each student will receive the traditional Lafayette College diploma cover when they cross the stage.
  • Although we are not requiring guests to be tested to attend the on-campus in-person Commencement program, guests attending are asked to review, monitor, and follow all Pennsylvania COVID-19 travel guidelines that may be in effect at the time of Commencement as well as follow the College Commencement COVID-19 guidelines for members of our community. As noted earlier, masks will be required at all times while on campus.Thank you for helping us keep Lafayette, Easton and guests safe.

Upon reviewing the information in this communication and on the Commencement website, if you have additional questions, please call 610-330-5200 or email the President’s Office.

We would like to thank our seniors, their families, and friends for your support and patience as we launch into this celebratory time. We look forward to the coming milestone of Commencement and wish you and your graduate the best as you prepare for the big day!

Katherine Kaneps
Executive Assistant to the President