The University of Toledo will celebrate graduating students collectively at a virtual commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8.
As COVID-19 continues to restrict large in-person gatherings, the University will celebrate online, making it possible for family and friends near and far to honor graduating Rockets and follow along with a digital broadcast of the traditional commencement ceremony.
Individual colleges also are exploring plans for additional celebrations, possibly including some in-person activities to provide students an opportunity to recognize the occasion with some of their classmates.
“Our Rockets continue to demonstrate focus, perseverance and strength through their academic success, despite the challenges presented by COVID-19,” UToledo Interim President Gregory Postel said. “I look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021’s achievements and resilience at our Spring commencement ceremony.”
The ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. online at utoledo.edu/commencement and will include the elements of a traditional ceremony, beginning with a processional, messages from campus leaders, keynote address, presentations of degrees, the alma mater and additional video presentations. The recorded ceremony will continue to be available online for replay at the conclusion of the premiere.
UToledo alumna Irma Olguin, Jr. will deliver the keynote address. Olguin is co-founder and chief executive officer of Bitwise Industries in Fresno, Calif. She graduated in 2004 from The University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and went on to blaze a trail of inclusivity for women and minorities in the tech industry.
Graduates are encouraged to take advantage of additional opportunities to prepare for and celebrate their graduation.
Graduating students may choose to participate in individual photo shoots throughout April on either Main or Health Science campuses. Details including dates, times, locations and registration will be shared with students via email as they apply for graduation.
The University also will again host drive-thru events for students to pick up regalia including honors cords, diploma covers and commencement programs. The drive-thru events are scheduled to occur May 3-7 at Rocket Hall leading up to the online ceremony.