University Communications has announced plans to host an in-person commencement ceremony in May 2021. The ceremony will include the class of 2020, whose commencement was cancelled due to COVID-19. (Sara Boyd/B&W Staff)

BREAKING: University plans for in-person commencement


In a Feb. 25, email to the parents and families of Lehigh students, University Communications announced plans to host an in-person commencement ceremony for the class of 2021.

Due to the cancellation of last year’s commencement due to COVID-19, there are additional plans in the works to provide a ceremony for the class of 2020.

Logistical details for both ceremonies are to be released in the coming month, the email said.

“Lehigh is currently planning in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in accordance with state and local health and safety protocols,” the update said. “These ceremonies will look different from our traditional celebration.”

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  1. Peter Fitzwell on

    After weeks of conducting focus groups, surveys, and interviews, University Communications has concluded that begging the graduating class for donations is more effective when done in person rather than remote.

  2. As a parent of a graduating student I hope LU focuses more on getting classes, sports, and clubs back to normal asap. Commencement is nice but less important for the development and goodwill of contributors than having a few months of a more normal school year. I say focus on the kids and letting them get back to having some fun. Most graduates want to party with friends and get on to their new cities/jobs.

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