Commencement 2021


Saturday, May 15, 2021

9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Greene Stadium

William Jewell College's 2021 Commencement ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, in Greene Stadium, preceded by the Walk Around the Quad at 8:45 a.m.

In adherence to guidelines for public gatherings, this event is reserved for invited guests of the graduating class; the number of guests per graduate will be determined on April 6. (Students will be notified at that time to make their reservations.) However, we invite all to help us celebrate the Class of 2021 by watching the Commencement ceremony via livestream.

Schedule for the Day

8:00-8:45 a.m. ► Greene Stadium Gate Open
(South Gate at Commuter Lot)
Seating will be reserved for each graduate in the Stadium bleachers or on the field based on the date/time the graduate makes the guest reservations.

Park in the Commuter Lot (disabled parking spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis) or White Science Center Lot. Check in at the South Gate to receive your seating location, have your temperature checked, and pick up a program and a bottle of water. Face-coverings are required. (We strongly suggest sunglasses and stadium cushions!) Guests need to be in the Stadium Gate by 8:45 a.m. and seated by 8:55 a.m. No guests are allowed at the Walk Around the Quad.

8 a.m. ► Seniors report to Trotter Plaza for line up
Grads should arrive in regalia and face-coverings. If grads wish to have photos taken with the red diploma cover, please remove the diploma at home and bring the cover to Line-up. Grads will carry them in the Walk Around the Quad and across the stage.

8:45 a.m. ►Walk Around the Quad begins

9 a.m. ►Commencement Ceremony, Greene Stadium
(Typically lasts 1½ – 2 hours)

Noon ► Regalia Return Table Closes
(South Gate at Commuter Lot)

In Case of Rain
If there is hard rain and/or lightning at 8 a.m. we will postpone to 12 noon for line-up, 12:45 p.m. for Walk Around the Quad and 1 p.m. for the Ceremony. If it is still raining at 12 noon, we will postpone to 6 p.m. for line-up, 6:45 p.m. for Walk Around the Quad and 7 p.m. for the Ceremony. If, on May 11, the forecast calls for Saturday rain, the event may be moved to the Mabee Center. (In that instance, each graduate will be limited to two guests each.) Baacalaureate will be a virtual event.

Please contact Susan Arbo, director of ceremonies and signature events, at (816) 415-7681 or at arbos@william.jewell.edu, if you have guests who need sign language interpretation.