Welcome to Chatham’s Spring Commencement 2021 page! 

On this page, you can access the Virtual Commencement Ceremony at any time that’s convenient for you. You can also learn about (and sign up for) our Graduation Toast and optional in-person Commencement Experience, as well as sign up for photos, order regalia and announcements, submit the application for your degree, view frequently asked questions and more. 


Graduation Toast

Celebrate your upcoming commencement at a physically-distanced outdoor graduation toast on Thursday, April 22, on the Old Quad from 4:00-5:00 pm or 5:30-6:30 pm. Heavy appetizers and drinks as well as a champagne toast will be provided. This event is open to all graduating undergraduate and graduate students. 

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In-Person Experience

Due to declining COVID cases and changes to event capacity restrictions, we’re pleased to offer an optional, unique, physically distant in-person commencement experience on Friday, April 23rd from 3 pm to 6 pm (with staggered start times for physically distant grouping). While not a full ceremony, the experience will provide graduates an opportunity to walk across the stage in regalia when announced. Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate guests due to capacity restrictions, but the experience will be live-streamed and recorded.

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Virtual Ceremony

You’ve come a long way! Join us for your Virtual Commencement ceremony, featuring the presentation of our graduates and congratulatory remarks from our featured speaker, President David Finegold, and student speakers. Available for viewing beginning on April 25th.


Additional Ceremonies and Celebrations

The University is also planning a number of other virtual or in-person graduation celebrations including Multicultural Graduation, Lavender Graduation and individual academic program celebrations. 

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Step 1: Submit Degree Application

In order to graduate, you need to submit your online degree conferral application. The deadline is Monday, March 22. 

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Step 2: Register for In-Person Commencement Experience (Optional)

Join us for the in-person Commencement Experience. We’ll be taking precautions to help keep you safe as you celebrate and walk across the stage to receive your diploma in the Chapel.  

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Step 3: Sign up for Graduation Photos

Make it official! Sign up for free graduation photos being offered on campus on April 1 and 2 from 10 am-6 pm. 

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Step 4: Order Regalia & Announcements

Regalia—cap, gown, and hood—can be ordered through the Chatham bookstore. Graduation announcements (and other items, such as rings and diploma frames) can be ordered through Herff Jones.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve gathered a selection of FAQs to answer your questions about Commencement and the events surrounding it.

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