LSU provides latest information on spring commencement ceremony guidelines

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – In March, LSU announced that graduation ceremonies will be in-person.

On Monday, May 3, the university is providing updates to the guidelines for the spring commencement ceremony.

Details about the LSU In-Person Commencement Ceremonies Updates can be found below:

These events will be held indoors at various venues across campus. Masks will be required at all times. Please know that if the status of the pandemic changes, or if the state’s event guidelines change, these ceremonies could also change. At this time, here is what you can expect:

  • After reviewing the updated guidance from the State of Louisiana and our facility capacities, we have decided that tickets will not be issued for this event after all. While there will not be a ticket requirement, we ask that you limit your party to 7 or fewer individuals out of respect for your fellow graduates and their guests. Our venues have reduced capacity due to continued physical distancing protocols and limiting the size of your party will ensure that all graduates have a chance to celebrate their accomplishments with loved ones.
  • Due to capacity restrictions, only graduates who RSVP’d will be permitted to attend the ceremony.
  • More information on locations and times of ceremonies is available below.
    Graduates will be seated in physically distanced seats and will be invited to walk across the stage while their names are called.
  • To minimize contact with others, graduates will not shake hands or pose for photos with anyone while on stage. Instead, graduates will be able to pose for professional photos just after they descend from the stage.
  • Also to minimize contact, graduate students will not be hooded as part of the ceremonies. Instead, graduate hoods/stoles, honor cords, University Medals and the like will be distributed in advance so graduates can wear them during the ceremonies.
  • To minimize contact among guests, there will not be a printed commencement program.
  • There will be a minimal platform party and minimal attendance by LSU faculty to reduce the density of people at the ceremonies. Consequently, there will be no faculty processions at any of the ceremonies.
  • The commencement will be supported by professional event staff who will direct participants to appropriate seating, facilitate physical distancing and ensure appropriate use of masks.
  • Doors will open for each event approximately one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests planning to sit together must enter the venue together, as the saving of seats will not be permitted due to physical distancing precautions.
  • Once seated, all guests should refrain from moving about the venue for the duration of the ceremony due to physical distancing and health precautions.
  • At the culmination of the ceremony, graduates and their guests should plan to meet outside the venue. Each facility will need to be cleared in order for sanitation to take place before the following ceremony.
  • This spring, ALL diploma ceremonies will be live-streamed so that guests who cannot attend at the venue can watch their graduate cross the stage.

Details on the live-stream for each college will be made available here.

Dates and Venues

Please select your graduating class below and then your senior college. To ensure public health safety, several colleges will have multiple ceremonies. The Class of 2021 has been assigned to a ceremony based on the graduate’s primary curriculum. Please pay close attention to the date and time as graduates and guests will only be allowed entrance to their assigned ceremony. 

Image courtesy of LSU

Details for the Class of 2021 and the LSU Law commencement can be found at the bottom of this page.

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