Wilkes University



Update on Commencement Scheduled for September 12

The University must postpone our upcoming commencement ceremony. The ceremony that was scheduled for Saturday, September 12 to honor and recognize the graduating classes for May and September 2020 will now be held on Saturday, May 22 and Sunday, May 23, 2021. Both events will be held at the University Center on Main.

Given the current trajectory of virus infection across our country, the current restrictions in Pennsylvania limiting the size of indoor gatherings, and the recommended quarantine guidelines for individuals traveling to Pennsylvania from certain states (we have students and families attending from at least 30 states), we will be unable to hold the ceremony as we planned.

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, we will host our 74th Annual Spring Commencement honoring the graduates from January 2021 and May 2021. On Sunday, May 23, 2021, the University will celebrate the graduates from May 2020 and September 2020. On each day the graduate student ceremony will be held at 10 AM and the bachelor’s degree ceremony at 3 PM. This schedule will allow us to create for both graduating classes the full experience with all the pomp and circumstance of our traditional spring commencement ceremony. We will host our annual Senior Week festivities, beginning May 17, 2021, and invite the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 to those events.

For graduates completing their degrees this summer, we will host an online event on September 12 that will allow us to confer the degrees upon our September graduates. The graduation date on the diplomas for summer graduates will be August 22, 2020. Diplomas will be mailed to summer graduates by the end of September.

Please know that we are committed to providing the commencement experience our graduates and their families have anticipated. The University will provide information and updates about the ceremonies as the academic year progresses.

Should you have questions about the upcoming ceremonies, please contact:

The Office of Student Affairs
(570) 408-4100