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Celebrating the Class of 2020 and 2021

Graduates: This has been an extraordinary year for you and your family. We are 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 hope your Commencement memorable and joyous. You deserve this!

This week, the Olivet College family is thrilled to honor the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 with special ceremonies and videos. Celebrations begin Friday, May 21, with a video Baccalaureate ceremony for the Class of 2021. On Saturday, May 22, graduates and guests will gather in-person to honor Commencement, and a livestream video is available for graduates, family and friends unable to attend. 

Graduates and guests attending the in-person ceremony, please be sure to check below for important day-of details.

Virtual and Livestream Celebrations

Commencement Livestream
Saturday, May 22
1 p.m.
The Commencement livestream will showcase events taking place at the in-person ceremony on campus. Viewers will be able to enjoy special remarks from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 class speakers, President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., and others in real-time, as well as the hooding and presentation of graduates. The ceremony will celebrate the degree completions of graduates from December 2019 to August 2021.

Premiering HERE

Virtual Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Celebration
Friday, May 21
7 p.m.
In this student-organized virtual approach, a team of senior students has prepared a pre-recorded Baccalaureate celebration around the theme “Defying the Odds.”

View HERE

In Case You Missed it: Virtual Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Celebration
Last May, we celebrated the Class of 2020 Baccalaureate around the theme of “We are committed, united, strong, home.”

View HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Graduates - Commencement Day Details

As of May 18, 2021

Thank you for registering to attend the Commencement celebration on Saturday, May 22. Please take a moment to review this important communication, outlining directions for the day of Commencement.

The Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 22 at Cutler Field.
11:30 a.m. — The Cutler Field gates open to registered guests.
12 p.m. — Cutler Event Center will open for graduates to enter.
1 p.m. — The Commencement ceremony begins.

Mask Expectations
  • In response to new guidance from the CDC and State of Michigan, we are amending our masking expectations at Commencement to be consistent with the new guidance. All other health and safety protocols remain unchanged.
  • Inside Cutler Event Center, all graduates, whether or not you’ve been fully vaccinated, must wear a mask.
  • Fully vaccinated graduates will not be expected to wear masks during the ceremony on Cutler Field.
  • Not fully vaccinated graduates will be expected to wear masks at all times, including during the ceremony on Cutler Field.
  • Seating for students, faculty and guests will be spaced to maintain at least 6 feet of separation.
  • The limit on the number of guests and total attendees remain unchanged.
  • All graduates and guests will undergo health screening prior to the event.
  • Policies and procedures will continue to be undertaken in coordination with the local health department.
Parking

Campus Safety will give directions for parking beginning at 10:30 a.m.

What to expect when you arrive to Cutler
  • You will line up outside the doors and enter one at a time with a temperature check.
  • Event Marshal Laura Barlond-Maas and Senior Class Advisers Sarah Peterson and Blake Reed will give directions and answer questions.
  • By about 12:20 p.m., you should be in the gym for announcements and further instructions.
Cap and Gown
  • Commencement regalia will be available for pick-up at the Olivet College Store on campus May 19-21, from 8 a.m. to 4 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.
  • If you can’t arrive to campus until Saturday, May 22, gowns can be picked up at Cutler.
  • Hang up your gown to help eliminate wrinkles.
  • Caps are worn flat with the tassel on the right.
  • Men will be directed to remove their caps at the opening prayer. You may put them back on to cross the stage and for pictures.
  • Women often use bobby pins to hold caps in place. You may want to bring a few extra.
Cap Decoration
  • You are allowed to decorate your caps with something positive and meaningful.
  • Do not include anything inappropriate, negative or related to alcohol or drugs. Caps with anything the College deems inappropriate will be taken and held until after the ceremony.
Shoes
  • You may wear heels that are at least two inches wide, like platform heels.
  • Heels narrower than two inches will be taken and held until after the ceremony.
  • All other flat shoes are appropriate for the turf.
Accessories
  • Many of you have honor cords, pins, stoles or cords representing club, organization or athletic team membership. These have been approved by the College for you to wear
  • Extra items may not be worn without permission. They will be taken and held until after the ceremony. Contact Professor Laura Barlond-Maas with questions.
Other
  • Do not propose to anyone during the ceremony — it takes away from the next person’s spotlight.
  • Do not come to Cutler intoxicated. If you appear intoxicated, you may not be allowed to participate.
After Commencement
  • Graduates should process off the field the same way you came in, through Cutler and out the far doors to the parking lot. May 2021 grads will be led through the gym to retrieve their graduation packets.
  • Promptly meet your guests wherever you have arranged.
  • Please remember the buildings aren’t open on campus, but you are welcome to take outdoor pictures.

Click here to view a video by Professor Laura Barlond-Maas outlining the details.

Guest Registration and Event Details

Updated May 17, 2021

The Olivet College community is thrilled that so many family and friends of the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 will be celebrating with your graduate at the in-person Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 22. If you are a registered guest of an Olivet College graduate, please review the following information in advance of your arrival on Saturday. Also, please check your email (and ask your graduate to do the same) for communications from the Olivet College Commencement Planning Committee leading up to Saturday’s celebration.

OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan and Protocols

It is exciting to see that our nation and state are beginning to win the fight against the coronavirus. However, as of May 17 and as a private institution and the host of a large gathering, we still have the following the protocols and guidelines in place. Thank you for respecting and adhering to the following requirements:

    1. In accordance with the state guidelines for large outdoor gatherings, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while at the graduation ceremony. Please be thoughtful of those around you and wear your mask when interacting with those outside of your family group.
    2. Family units are expected to maintain 6-feet physical distancing.
    3. All guests will complete a temperature check upon entering the event venue.
    4. All guests are expected to comply with the OC CARES Pandemic Response Plan and those procedures outlined below.
Parking
    1. Click here  for the parking map
    2. Guests are asked to park in the general parking lot highlighted in red on the attached map
    3. Guests who require accessible parking may park in the lot highlighted in yellow.
    4. Please follow all parking signs and directions given by parking attendants.
Guest Check-In
    1. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m.
    2. Please follow all directional signage and enter where designated.
    3. In accordance with the state guidelines for large outdoor gatherings, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while at the graduation ceremony. Please be thoughtful of those around you and wear your mask when interacting with those outside of your family group.
    4. Please adhere to 6-foot social distancing while waiting in line and within the event venue.
    5. Guests must sign in at a registration table to confirm they are on the guest list.
    6. Temperatures will be checked using a screening device. Some guests may also be asked to complete a forehead temperature check.
    7. All guests will receive a wristband.
    8. Individuals aged 1 and up must be registered as a guest and count as one of your graduate’s 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.”
Commencement
    1. Commencement will begin promptly at 1 p.m.
    2. Guests must remain in their family pod during the duration of the event.
    3. Commencement will take place rain or shine unless there is an imminent threat of dangerous weather.
Accessible Seating
    1. Accessible seating is available.
    2. All members of the family unit will be seated together in the accessible seating area.
Health and Safety Protocols
    1. To ensure the health and safety of all in attendance, guests (including children) must remain in their seats/family unit.
    2. Six-foot physical distancing will be required between family units.
    3. Family units of two and four will be marked with a green “Sit Here” sticker. Any seat marked with a red “Do Not Sit Here” may not be used.
    4. A baby carrier may not be placed on a seat marked “Do Not Sit Here.”
    5. In accordance with the state guidelines for large outdoor gatherings, those who are not fully vaccinated are asked to wear a mask while at the graduation ceremony. Please be thoughtful of those around you and wear your mask when interacting with those outside of your family group. Disposable masks will be available upon entrance if one is needed.
    6. Hand sanitizer will be available on site.
    7. Each person in attendance will be offered one free bottle of water. No outside food or drink will be permitted.
    8. Restroom facilities will be available and marked.
    9. No guests are allowed in Cutler Event Center.
Commencement Photographs
    1. Guests may not leave their seats during the ceremony for photo opportunities.
    2. Graduates will be professionally photographed and have the option to purchase photos shortly after graduation.
    3. The Olivet College communications and marketing team will also photograph the event and share photos online for download at no cost.
Campus Photographs – Before and After Commencement
    1. All campus buildings will be closed, including Greek and theme houses.
    2. Graduates may take photos outside of buildings, Greek and theme houses.
    3. Masks may be removed for pictures if you are with your family or someone you currently live with.
    4. Wear a mask and practice social distancing when not taking your photo.
    5. 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.
    6. Once you’ve complete your photos, we respectfully ask that you leave campus to continue your celebration.
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 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.
Graduate RSVP & guest Registration - Now Closed
  • The deadline for graduates to RSVP if they will be walking in the ceremony and to register their guests was May 14, 11:59 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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