BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Louisiana’s largest university has equally big plans for its Spring 2021 commencement ceremonies.
Louisiana State University will hold graduations in person this May, the school announced Wednesday. An email to LSU students, faculty and staff settled speculation over whether the COVID-19 pandemic would affect the events.
“Our May graduates, March graduates of the LSU Online program, and all LSU graduates from throughout 2020 will have the opportunity to walk across the stage and have their names called during the ceremonies,” read the email, signed by LSU Interim President Tom Galligan and Provost Stacia Haynie.
The announcement comes a year after COVID concerns prevented LSU’s Class of 2020 from having an in-person ceremony. Students voiced excitement Wednesday that the school will let these graduates walk the stage.
“It’s well deserved,” LSU junior Kaleah Florence said. “I think it will be a great experience.”
“I’m grateful that they get to at least have it in person, even if there are COVID restrictions.” LSU freshman Nana Agyeman said.
To limit exposure to the virus, LSU will hold the ceremonies at various indoor venues on campus. Masks will be required, and special event staff will enforce distancing. Graduates won’t be able to shake hands on stage, nor will they be hooded on stage. And if the pandemic worsens, event plans could change.
Here is LSU’s graduation ceremony schedule for Spring 2021:
- Ceremonies for 2021 graduates – May 7 and 8
- Ceremony for LSU Vet School’s doctoral candidates – May 10
- Ceremony for 2020 graduates – May 14
- Ceremony for LSU Law Center’s LLM and juris doctoral candidates – May 15
Students wishing to participate must reserve their space by April 9. Each attending student will receive four guest tickets.
LSU will livestream each ceremony for anyone unable or unwilling to attend.