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Rescheduled Commencement Ceremonies

March 31, 2020
Commencement is a special time and significant achievement for you and your family, and we want your commencement ceremony to be a capstone to your time with us at Lenoir-Rhyne.

While we will not hold our traditional commencement ceremonies in May 2020, we do not want to cancel these celebrations or hold a virtual ceremony. We plan to reschedule the ceremony to later in summer or early fall, likely August or September, so you and your family and the Class of 2020 will be able to enjoy a special ceremony.


If you have already ordered your regalia, please keep it. If you still need to purchase your cap and gown, you now have until July 1 to make that purchase. 

Some of you have asked about purchasing only a tassel or cap. That option will be available through our campus bookstore later this summer.

Rain tickets, Honor Cords, etc.

Once a new date is set, details and deadlines will be provided well in advance. We will make sure you are all set with time to spare.


If you have additional questions along the way, please contact Cameron M. Womack, executive assistant to the president, at cameron.womack@lr.edu.

Students celebrate at commencement
The current public health recommendations from the CDC call for the maintaining of proper social distancing through the middle of May. Our students have expressed how important it is for them to have the chance to celebrate such a significant event with their friends and family members. Therefore, we’ve made the decision to reschedule this important ceremony to later in the summer or early fall, rather than cancel.” 
—Dr. Fred Whitt, University President