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2021 Spring Commencement ProclamationCommencement represents the culmination of a student's academic achievement. It is a time of celebration and reflection for students, families, friends, faculty, and staff. It brings together a diverse community to share in the joy of accomplished goals.

Commencement for May, August, and December 2020 graduates—along with May 2021 graduates—will be held in a series of Commencement ceremonies that will take place on May 8 and 9, 2021. 

We look forward to celebrating all of our 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates in person at the Commencement ceremony.

Ticketing for the Ceremonies

How did we determine the number of guest tickets per ceremony, compared to sporting events inside Hinkle Fieldhouse?

Sporting events like men’s basketball seat spectators in pods of greater size to reach large audience sizes. This allows us to accommodate more spectators while adhering to social distancing guidelines, but limits the number of pods available. However, with commencement, we have to make a decision based on the number of graduates so that each can have an equal-sized pod, while also adhering to social distancing guidelines. It would be unfair to allow some students to have two guests and others to have more. With the number of graduates who are expected to participate in each ceremony, allowing each graduate to have greater than two guests each would violate capacity and social distancing guidelines. Thus, we can only allow each graduate to invite two guests. We hope you understand and appreciate your cooperation. For those who are unable to attend in person, we will livestream the Commencement ceremony allowing them to watch on televisions, computers, smartphones, and other personal devices.


Spring 2020 Celebration of Class Ceremony

On Saturday, May 9, 2020, Butler honored its Spring 2020 Graduates with a Celebration of Degree Conferral. The video recording is available to watch here.

Student Reflection Speakers

Graduates are invited to share their experiences and reflections at Commencement.