Commencement

Commencement is a special day to all of us here at Carroll University. We come to work every day eager to help you meet your academic and career goals. Watching you walk across the stage is a joyful day for the entire Carroll community. However, the global pandemic is requiring universities around the world to make difficult decisions regarding their 2021 Commencement ceremonies. We are working diligently to make this day both special and personal given the circumstances and are planning for various contingencies. The Carroll faculty and staff are here to help and support you. Thanks for your continued patience and understanding.

As you know, historically, our graduate students were honored, along with all undergraduates, in one combined ceremony.  Owing to the singular achievement of earning a graduate degree and wanting to appropriately recognize each student, we will hold a separate graduate commencement ceremony this May.  We’ve received city approval to host our ceremonies in person.  Your health and safety continues to be our top priority, and we will require masks and practice physical distancing.  Each graduate will pick-up TWO guest passes that will indicate a live streaming location on campus for their guests to report to on commencement day.  ONLY graduates will be seated on Main Lawn – all guests will be viewing the live stream from a designated alternative location on campus.


For guests who are unable to attend in person, the live stream link will be made available here prior to the ceremony, and available On Demand following the ceremony.
As with everything during this most unusual year, we continue to monitor the local environment in response to COVID-19 and will make any necessary adjustments. Your health and safety is our primary concern.
 
Friday, May 7  |  6 p.m.  |  Main Lawn
Graduate Student
Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony is planned to be held on Main Lawn (weather dependent), with words shared by President Gnadinger, a student class speaker and our honored faculty guest, Dr. Rachel Stickles, Senior Lecturer in Education. The event will also be live streamed and available On Demand following the ceremony.
Student Check-in on Main Lawn staggered arrivals between 4:45-5:30pm (check mobile pass for details).
 

WATCH THE CEREMONY LIVE

Saturday, May 8  |  10:30 a.m.  |  Main Lawn
Undergraduate Student
Commencement Ceremony

The ceremony is planned to be held on Main Lawn (weather dependent), with words shared by President Gnadinger, a student class speaker and an honored guest, Pardeep Singh Kaleka. The event will also be live streamed and available On Demand following the ceremony.
Student Check-in on Main Lawn staggered arrivals between 9:00-10:00am (check mobile pass for details).


WATCH THE CEREMONY LIVE

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Baccalaureate 2021

Baccalaureate is an ecumenical worship service at which graduates are honored. It is a time for graduating students to pause and reflect on their years at Carroll University. Anyone is welcome to attend this year's virtual service for graduating students, their families, and the Carroll community. 

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Virtual Graduation Fairs

Prepare for your upcoming commencement at this year's virtual graduate fairs—on March 29 for undergraduate students and March 30 for graudate students. 

Do you have some insightful advice, an encouraging message or a favorite quote you would like to share with the Class of 2021? If so, submit your farewell message to our soon-to-be graduates today. We are accepting messages until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 23. Your message should be no longer than :15 seconds, and can be recorded on a smart phone, tablet or from your computer. Just upload the video file below.

Additional Information

Commencement 2021Schedule of Events

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