Student with diploma at commencement.

For Graduates

Commencement 2021

Emory & Henry College plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this spring for the graduating classes of 2021 and 2020 following new guidance from Governor Northam on outdoor graduation events.

Commencement Location

The commencement ceremony will be held at Fred Selfe Stadium rain or shine with up to 1,500 attendees. Guests must adhere to health and safety guidelines, such as wearing facemasks and social distancing. The ceremony will also be live streamed online.

Seating for Guests

Up to 1500 seats will be available in the Fred Selfe Stadium. Please be aware that handicapped seating will be extremely limited due to social distancing requirements.

Ticket Information

Each member of the Class of 2021 and 2020 will be eligible to receive up to five (5) guest tickets for commencement these will be distributed via an electronic ticketing system. More information will be forthcoming about how graduates may obtain tickets for family and friends.


Graduates are asked to wear caps, gowns, hood, cords and medallions (masters students receive hoods at commencement). Grads should also dress appropriately under regalia, paying special attention to shoes. Mortarboards are to be worn squared, not tilted, with the tassel on the right side (tassels will be moved to the left during the ceremony). Men traditionally remove caps for the ceremony. Women traditionally do not.

In Case of Rain

Commencement will be held outside for the class of 2021 and 2020 rain or shine. In addition to this, the ceremony will be live streamed online.
*Links to the live stream will be available as the date approaches.*


Guests are welcome to take photos and videotape the ceremony. Unfortunately, family and friends will not be allowed on the field to take photos or in any way interact in close proximity with graduates during the ceremony.


Only service animals are allowed at commencement.

Caps and Gowns

There is no additional fee for your cap and gown! Make sure you have ordered one through the E&H Bookstore (The Merc).

Graduation Announcements and Rings

You may order announcements through the E&H Bookstore (The Merc).