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Class of 2020 and 2021 In-Person Graduation Celebration

 

President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., has announced that Olivet College is committed to an in-person commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. for the Class of 2020 and 2021

The outdoor ceremony, which will adhere to federal, state and local safety protocols, will honor graduates from traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult professional studies.

“This has been an extraordinary year for you and your family. I am proud of the flexibility, perseverance and determination you’ve demonstrated. You’ve faced tremendous challenges and not given up on your dream of a college degree. We recognize that your graduation year was not what you envisioned when you first joined the Olivet College family. Our commitment now is to celebrate your commencement in a manner that is memorable, joyous and safe. You deserve this, ” President Corey said.

A planning committee is working thoughtfully and carefully to retain many elements of our traditional ceremony while taking the necessary steps to ensure that we gather in the safest way possible. 

We are moving forward in the spirit of optimism. Please understand, however, that plans are subject to change contingent on the progress made in fighting COVID-19.

Check back here often for updates on Commencement plans. Those graduating are also encouraged to check their email regularly for communications from the Office of the Provost and senior class advisors. 

Graduate RSVP & guest Registration - Now Open

We are excited to share that registration for you and your guests for the in-person Commencement event is now open. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the Commencement Planning Committee finalized the process.

Before registering you and your guests, please read the registration requirements below carefully. We want your special day to be memorable and as stress-free as possible, beginning with Commencement registration.

Graduate are Required to RSVP if They Will Walk in Commencement

Guest Registration Process

  • Each graduate may invite up to four guests using the online registration form.
  • The deadline for graduates to RSVP if they will be in attendance and to register guests is May 14, 11:59 p.m.
  • The graduate is responsible for registering his or her guests. Guests may not register on their own.
  • The Olivet College Pandemic Response Team guidelines require that the College maintain an attendee list of graduates and guests and all faculty and staff attending Commencement. Graduates are required to provide the name, email address and phone number for each guest. Graduates are responsible for submitting accurate information. If one of your guests does not have an email address or phone number, please use your own.
  • Do not submit duplicate submissions. Please be sure to have finalized guest name, phone and email before you submit the form.
  • Guest registration allotments are non-transferrable. Graduates may not give, sell or trade their guest allotment to other graduates.
  • Individuals aged 1 and up must be registered as a guest and count as one of your four guests. Children under the age of 1 are welcome but must remain in the lap of a family member and within the family pod of seats. A baby carrier may not be placed on a seat marked “Do Not Sit Here.”
  • Guests will not be permitted to enter unless their name is on the guest list.
  • Guests will receive a wrist band upon entry.

Graduates: Click here to RSVP your attendance and to register your guests.

Guest Protocols

The Commencement Planning Committee has determined that each graduate may plan to invite a maximum of four guests to the in-person ceremony.

  • The graduate is responsible for registering his or her guests. Guests may not register on their own.
  • Individuals aged 1 and up must be registered as a guest and count as one of your four guests. Children under the age of 1 are welcome but must remain in the lap of a family member and within the family pod of seats. A baby carrier may not be placed on a seat marked “Do Not Sit Here.”
  • Guests will not be permitted to enter unless their name is on the guest list.
  • Guests will receive a wrist band upon entry.
  • Guest registration allotments are non-transferrable. Graduates may not give, sell or trade their guest allotment to other graduates.
  • To ensure the health and safety of all in attendance, guests (including children) must remain in their seats/family unit.
  • Temperature checks will be required upon arrival at Cutler Field.
  • Six-foot physical distancing will be required between family units.
  • Family units of two and four will be marked with “Sit Here” stickers. Any seat marked “Do Not Sit” may not be used.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available on site.
  • All in attendance will be required to wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose. Disposable masks will be available upon entrance if one is needed.
  • Each person in attendance will be offered one free bottle of water. No outside food or drink will be permitted.
Caps and Gowns

Commencement regalia will be available for pick-up at the Olivet College Store on campus May 19-21, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please bring your photo ID and order confirmation details. If you have any questions about your cap and gown order, please email Tammy Walters.

Campus Photos - Day of Commencement

We understand the excitement of Commencement and your desire to capture this exciting day through photographs. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:

  • All campus buildings will be closed, including Greek and theme houses.
  • Graduates may take photos outside of buildings, Greek and theme houses.
  • Masks may be removed for pictures if you are with your family or someone you currently live with.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing when not taking your photo.
  • Do not congregate. Wear a mask and practice social distancing if you and another graduate are in the same area at the same time for a photo opportunity.
  • Once you’ve complete your photos, we respectfully ask that you leave campus to continue your celebration.
Things to Know
  • The ceremony will be held on May 22 at 1 p.m. at Cutler Field.
  • The outdoor celebration will allow for proper social distancing for graduates seated on the field and a limited number of guests per graduate in the audience.
  • Masks will be mandatory for all in attendance.
  • All guests will be required to review the College’s Campus Visitors Agreement.
  • The ceremony will be professionally livestreamed, and photos will be shared publicly for those unable to attend in person.
How to be a Part of the Celebration if You Are Unable to Attend

We hope that as many members as possible of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 can attend the in-person May 22 Commencement. We are eager to celebrate you – your achievements, resilience, commitment, determination and future.

If you cannot attend the in-person Commencement, please plan to watch the live stream with family and friends. We invite those who cannot attend to still be a part of the celebration by submitting a photograph to be displayed during the live stream when graduates receive their diplomas.

How to Submit a Photo if You Will Not Be Attending Commencement
  1. Submit a jpeg photo no later than May 1.
  2. Email to Michele McCauley, executive director of communications and marketing.
  3. Include your name, class year and major in your email.
Photo Expectations
  • Only you should be in the photo – no other people or pets.
  • Keep the background simple – no cars, boats, furniture, wall décor in the background.
  • Consider sending a photo of yourself in your cap and gown. If you do not have a cap and gown, please appear business professional or business casual.
  • Dress shirt, polo shirt, blouse or sweater.
  • Dress or khaki pants, skirt or dress.
  • Coat or jacket optional.
  • Tie optional.
  • No ball caps, sunglasses, shorts, halter tops, strapless tops/dresses, crop tops or mini skirts.
  • No T-shirts with graphics or text.

Olivet College reserves the right not to use a photo that is deemed inappropriate for the Commencement celebration.

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