Spring 2021 commencement details released

EKU graduates participate in the Fall 2019 commencement ceremony in Alumni Coliseum. This was the last in-person ceremony before the COVID-19 pandemic started.  

UPDATE April 30:

Eastern Kentucky University announced its rain plan on Friday, April 30. In the event of heavy rain or storms, the ceremonies will be moved into Alumni Coliseum for graduating students only. Guests will not be able to attend due to social distancing. The ceremony will be available via live stream.

Students will check-in at the Earl Combs baseball stadium with their college representative before lining up. The representative will be in the parking lot at the bottom of the stairs in front of the concession stand. Students are asked to arrive dressed in regalia. If regalia is still needed students will have the opportunity to purchase regalia onsite from the EKU bookstore at the baseball stadium.

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The Eastern Kentucky University spring commencement ceremonies will take place on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at Roy Kidd Stadium.

This will be the first in-person graduation since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each graduate will receive up to seven tickets to offer friends and family. During all ceremonies, EKU will observe COVID-19 social distancing health measures. Tickets are required to enter the venue.

EKU has offered prior graduating classes, who had virtual ceremonies, the opportunity to participate in the in-person ceremonies. 

“Graduation is a milestone in a student's life that deserves recognition. I am glad we can resume this important tradition in May,” EKU President David McFaddin said in an email to the campus community.

Masking and social distancing is required during all graduation ceremonies.

Below is a schedule of this year’s graduation ceremonies:

May 7 (three separate ceremonies)

College of Justice & Safety - 9 a.m.

College of Health Sciences - 2 p.m.

College of Business and Technology - 7 p.m.

May 8 (two separate ceremonies)

College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences - 9 a.m.

College of Education and College of Science - 2 p.m.

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