Lehigh Plans In-Person Commencements for Class of 2021, Class of 2020

consequences Lehigh plans to hold separate, personal opening ceremonies for the 2021 class and 2020 class, which were celebrated practically last year due to the pandemic, from May 21-24.

Lehigh will graduate to the class of 2021 on Monday, May 24th at 10 a.m. at Murray H. Goodman Stadium on the Goodman campus. Based on the number of graduates who wish to attend the 153rd launch, Lehigh will hold an additional ceremony for 2021 graduates that day at 2 p.m. The first session is for students graduating from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Business. The second session is aimed at students at PC Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, as well as interdisciplinary programs.

Lehigh will hold a ceremony at Murray H. Goodman Stadium on Saturday, May 22nd at 10 a.m. to recognize students in the 2020 class whose degrees were awarded last spring.

A combo opening ceremony will be held on Friday May 21 at 3:00 p.m. at Murray H. Goodman Stadium for those earning their Masters and PhD degrees in the Class of 2021, as well as those earning their Masters degrees and graduated from a doctorate as part of the 2020 class.

In addition to the personal ceremonies, the university becomes a Virtual address and party start on Friday, May 21, 1:00 p.m. (ET). The event will identify an address from earlier NASA astronaut and Lehigh Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics Terry Hart ’68. Hart was a member of NASA’s “Group 8” – the first selection of space shuttle astronaut candidates in nine years – and later joined NASA’s 11th space shuttle mission aboard the STS 41-C Challenger, the was launched on April 6, 1984 from the Kennedy Space Center.

More information about the ceremonies will be announced in early May. Currently, as per CDC and state guidelines, each graduate can attend four guests. Information on the hooding promotion will also be announced at a later date.

“I am pleased that our seniors are graduating– –both this year and last year– –will have the opportunity to celebrate their successes together, ”said Lehigh President John D. Simon ’19P. “These have been challenging times for all of us, and we hope these opening ceremonies provide an opportunity to reflect on all that we have achieved together through the many uncertainties of the past year.”

Provost Nathan Urban, Lehigh’s COVID-19 Response Team Leader, added, “As we advance plans to celebrate this milestone with our graduates, everyone should be confident that Lehigh is following health and safety protocols so that we can continue to serve our students can keep their families and everyone in the Bethlehem, Pennsylvania community safe. In order to get to this day it is required hard work and dedication from students as well as many other members of the university community. We hope that the challenges that people have overcome in some way make this beginning even more meaningful. “

For the personal ceremonies, all graduates and their guests, as well as faculty and staff, must complete the ceremonies HawkWatch self-assessment Get access to the Goodman campus. Masks are required at all times.

Graduates must notify Lehigh through 26th of April if you plan to attend the personal ceremonies. For more detailed information, Visit Lehigh’s Commencement Site.

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