UNI announces updated plan for spring commencement
The University of Northern Iowa is inviting our spring 2021 graduates to celebrate their accomplishments at modified, in-person commencement ceremonies inside the UNI-DOME in May.
In order to comply with social distancing guidelines, three separate ceremonies for bachelor’s and master’s candidates will be held in the UNI-DOME from May 7-8. Plans for a separate doctoral candidate ceremony are expected to be announced within a few weeks.
A virtual commencement will still be held that weekend and spring 2021 graduates can take part in both events.
Graduates will be allowed to bring a limited number of guests, and the university will livestream the ceremonies for those who cannot attend. Due to the limited number of individuals able to be hosted in the UNI-DOME, these ceremonies will only be for May 2021 graduates. UNI will honor May and December 2020 graduates at a later date.
The events were announced in an email to campus today. Masks and social distancing will be required for all graduates and guests. The university will continue to monitor public health guidance and will provide as much advance notice as possible if plans change due to an increase in COVID-19 numbers.