Commencement 2021

Commencement during COVID-19

While we are excited to offer an in-person ceremony for this year's graduates, safety is still a top priority. We are requiring all graduates, faculty, and staff attending or working this year’s commencement to participate in surveillance testing. Here is what you need to know:

Prior to the ceremony: requirements for participation

  • Continued testing: Even though in-person classes end on 4/9, anyone still accessing campus for any reason after this date must continue to participate in surveillance testing, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Limited travel: Seniors planning to participate in commencement must remain on campus or in Portland between April 9 and the ceremony on May 17. Graduates who wish to travel during this period, or who will be traveling from outside of the Portland metro area to participate in commencement, need to complete an exception request
  • Testing requirements for the ceremony: Faculty, staff, and seniors who plan to attend the in-person ceremony must be tested twice the week of 5/3 and twice the week of 5/10, regardless of vaccination status.
  • Individual preventative measures: All people participating in the ceremony are expected to follow Reed's COVID-19 guidelines for individuals (wearing a mask, social distancing, etc.) leading up to and during the ceremony.
  • Exclusions: To keep the ceremony as safe as possible, we will exclude:
    • Anyone with a positive test on or after May 7.
    • Anyone who has been placed on quarantine by Reed College, their healthcare provider, or their public health authority within 14 days of the ceremony.
    • Anyone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms immediately before the ceremony. In order to participate, anyone with COVID-like symptoms the week of commencement must be fever free for at least 72 hours, and must have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the ceremony.

During the ceremony

  • No symptoms: Anyone exhibiting COVID-like symptoms on the day of the ceremony is not eligible to attend in person.
  • Limited participation: We are limiting the number of people attending the in-person ceremony to actual participants—graduates, faculty, and staff working the event. All friends, family, and guests (including Reed community members not in the ceremony) are invited to participate virtually. 
  • Individual preventative measures: All seats will be 6' apart. All participants will be expected to follow public health protocols, including wearing face coverings and physically distancing.