Deadline Monday for 2020 graduates to RSVP for May 8 Commencement

March 23, 2021 | Events, Graduate News, News, UToday, Advancement, Alumni, Arts and Letters, Business and Innovation, Engineering, Graduate Studies, Health and Human Services, Honors, Judith Herb College of Education, Law, Medicine and Life Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Nursing, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University College
By Christine Billau

Class of 2020 graduates who earned their degrees during the coronavirus pandemic are welcome to participate in 2021 spring commencement ceremony in the Glass Bowl.

The deadline for 2020 graduates to RSVP to participate in the University’s May 8 commencement is Monday, March 29.

Returning graduates need to complete the online form to indicate their plans to attend to ensure they can access tickets and will be recognized at the ceremony. Graduates of the Class of 2020 also were sent an email inviting their participation.

Now that the state of Ohio is allowing sporting venues to reopen with limited capacity, UToledo is able to hold multiple in-person ceremonies to celebrate graduates of the Class of 2021 in person while also adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Graduating students will be split into groups for separate ceremonies and guests will be limited with tickets required for admission. All attendees will be required to wear face masks and keep at least 6 feet from others not in their household.

UToledo spring commencement ceremonies will be held at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Glass Bowl.

The 10 a.m. ceremony recognizes graduates from the colleges of Engineering; Health and Human Services; Nursing; and University College.

The 3 p.m. ceremony recognizes graduates from the colleges of Arts and Letters; the John B. and Lillian E. Neff College of Business and Innovation; Judith Herb College of Education; and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The colleges of Law; Medicine and Life Sciences; and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will each hold separate in-person ceremonies.

College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Commencement is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 1, in Savage Arena for Pharm D graduates and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1, in Savage Arena for BSPS, Ph.D. and MS graduates.

College of Law Commencement is 10 a.m. Saturday, May 15, in Savage Arena.

College of Medicine and Life Sciences Commencement is 3 p.m. Friday, May 21, in Savage Arena.

For graduates who prefer to participate virtually, the ceremonies will be streamed online at

Those receiving doctoral degrees will have the opportunity to participate in a separate hooding ceremony.

University leadership is collaborating with public health experts to carefully plan the commencement events and will share more details in the coming weeks.

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