Commencement Ceremony for 2021 Graduates

Greensboro College will hold the 2021 Commencement Ceremony outdoors and in-person on front campus on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. Consistent with the North Carolina COVID-19 guidelines for large outdoor gatherings, seating will be six feet apart and everyone will be required to wear a mask.

If the recently-loosened guidelines are still in effect, we will be able to provide two guest tickets for each graduate. If local or state guidelines are tightened, it will alter our plans to be able to welcome guests.  Guest tickets will be in the form of wristbands and will be distributed to graduates at rehearsal on Friday, May 7, 2021 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Hanes Gym. If you cannot attend rehearsal, your two guests can pick-up wristbands outside of Cowan Building on the morning of Commencement starting at 8:30 a.m.

Commencement Rehearsal

Rehearsal will take place on Friday, May 7th at 10am-12pm in Hanes Gym on Main Campus.  Hanes Gym is on back campus, beside Pride Field and the Student Center. All graduating students should attend rehearsal for the Commencement Ceremony.

Rehearsal will begin promptly at 10 am.  All graduates must attend rehearsal.  Please assemble in Hanes Gym on Main Campus no later than 10am.  Rehearsal will last approximately two hours.

You do not need to bring your cap & gown to rehearsal.

Graduates will receive two wristbands for their Commencement guests at rehearsal.

Commencement Rain Plan – In the event of light rain, Commencement will be held on front campus and run on an abbreviated program.  Students, faculty members, and the platform party are not permitted the use of umbrellas.  However, guests are welcome to bring umbrellas as they wish.  Diplomas will be distributed to students immediately following the ceremony in the Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building.

Should the forecast includes heavy rainfall or dangerous conditions, the College will make the decision cancel the ceremony.  Safety is the College’s first priority.  An announcement about alterations to the Commencement schedule will be made via GC Alert and via email immediately following a decision.

If Commencement is cancelled due to weather, diplomas will be available for graduates to pick up in the Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on Saturday, May 8th between 10am-12pm.  A photographer will be available to take solo graduate photos as well. Graduates can wear their regalia for professional photos.  Guests will not be permitted inside the Huggins Performance Center or the Odell Building, and we cannot accommodate family photos at that time.

Accordingly, in the case of inclement weather or if new restrictions on outdoor gatherings prevent our planned in-person event, graduates will pick up diplomas on Saturday, May 8 between 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

We remain committed to celebrating graduates by offering an on-campus, in-person ceremony, while following all local, state and national guidelines for gathering limitations and distancing.

Please watch for further communication as plans are more fully developed.


The Baccalaureate ceremony traditionally held in Huggins Performance Center in Odell Memorial Building on Friday evening will be offered virtually due to safety restrictions on indoor gatherings. The virtual Baccalaureate Ceremony will be at 5:00 p.m. and premier on the GC Religious Life YouTube Page. The Rev. Jill Alventosa-Brown from West Market Street UMC is preaching and Dr. Czarda will bring greetings as well. Visit: GC Religious Life YouTube channel.

If you are a senior and plan to graduate this spring, please direct your questions to:

Destiney S. Allen ’19
Director of Alumni Giving and Programs
(336)-272-7102 x5403

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