Find answers to common questions about the 2021 commencement events below.

About the Events

What date will my commencement take place?

The President will host commencement ceremonies for each school on the Woods Walkway during the following days:

Sunday, May 30
  • 8:30 a.m. – Medicine
  • 1:30 p.m. – Pharmacy
  • 5 p.m. – Dentistry
Sunday, June 13
  • 8 a.m. – Nursing
  • 12 p.m. – Public Health
  • 3:30 p.m. – Behavioral Health and Religion
  • 6 p.m. – San Manuel Gateway College
Monday, June 14 – Allied Health Professions
  • 7 a.m. – 9:22 a.m. – Physical Therapy
  • 9:47a.m. – 10:47 a.m. – Health Informatics, Information Management and Administration, Cardiopulmonary Sciences, Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Health Professions Education
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 a.m. – Communications Sciences and Disorders, Nutrition and Dietetics 
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Orthotics and Prosthetics, Physician Assistant
  • 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Radiation Sciences
  • 5:20 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Occupational Therapy 

What will the drive-thru commencements look like?

A few minutes before each ceremony is set to begin, vehicles will start being orderly dismissed from Lot X (Centennial Complex parking/staging area) to drive over to Woods Walkway on University Court. The route will take vehicles from Campus (southbound), to Stewart (eastbound), to Anderson (southbound), and right onto University Court, where each graduate will exit their vehicle and line up on the walkway, and process toward the platform. Each graduate’s vehicle will be able to follow them alongside the walkway, and at one point, pause to watch them receive their diploma. Once the graduate exits the platform, they will enter their vehicle and proceed onto University Avenue. 

How many guests can I have?

Each graduate will be allowed one vehicle. Graduates can have as many guests as their vehicle will accommodate safely.

Why can baccalaureates be in-person, but commencement ceremonies are not?

Baccalaureates are University religious services around commencement; because of their religious nature, they are directed by guidelines that apply to places of worship, which at this time allow for modified/limited in-person attendance, as per tier-designated capacity. Other similar services at LLU that have a religious emphasis and are being planned following modified guidelines are pinnings, dedications, hoodings, and consecrations. Schools are eagerly planning for these various events, parallel to the University planning for baccalaureates. 

Will there be a limit to how many guest(s) I can have for these religious-focused events?

Yes, because of compliance issues and with necessary modifications, these events will allow for graduates in-person, and may include a +guest(s) depending on the size of the group of graduates. Communication notifying you of the specific amount of guests that you can have, along with a pre-registration link will be sent to each baccalaureate group 10-12 days prior to the services. The University is eagerly working with the University Church to maximize capacity and accommodate all necessary logistics.

Are faculty participating this year in my schools’ commencement?

Yes, while their participation will be slightly different than in past years, faculty will be in attendance. They will be seated behind and around the commencement platform, where they will be able to celebrate with you, and you will be able to see them. 

Will the speakers be delivering their commencement address live?

All speakers have pre-recorded their commencement address and it will be available in the final video of the ceremony. The video will include live and pre-recorded segments, that will complete the entire ceremony. The videos will also include a message from your Dean to the graduating class of 2021.

Will there be any school receptions?

Unfortunately, due to existing restrictions and limitations, schools that in past years have had a reception or outdoor events involving food, will not be able to do so this year.

Day of the Event

Where should I go on the day of my drive-thru commencement ceremony?

Graduates (in vehicle) will check-in at Centennial Complex (Parking Lot X) and proceed to a designated parking area, where they will await dismissal of their program/school; schools will communicate with their students as to arrival time and check-in procedure. Maps and routes will be provided by the schools to all their graduates, and will also be available on our website at llu.edu/commencement, and via our mobile app on iOS and Android.

What will the commencement route be?

We have prepared an overview of routes and campus map addressing staging areas, entering and exit routes, commencement paths, and street closures; it will be sent to you, and uploaded to our commencement website, once we receive final approval from city officials. 

How will I know where to go?

We will have event staff that will direct vehicles along the commencement route, starting in Lot X all the way to University Court. Look also for signage around the streets surrounding the campus. 

Will my family be able to get out of the car to take photos?

The University will have a photographer positioned to take the official photo of you with the Dean, with your diploma on hand. Family members will not be able to get out of the vehicle during the drive-thru ceremony; we will have “photo op points” in Centennial Complex, where graduates and their family unit will be able to take photos together while waiting to be dismissed.

Diplomas? Masks? Handshaking?

In compliance with regulations that require reduced contact, schools may send your diploma cover in advance, or you will retrieve it from the diploma table once on the stage.

Masks continue to be required at all times, but you could remove the mask for the photo with the Dean, depending on your comfort level. Those on the platform throughout the entire ceremony will be wearing masks at all times. Handshaking and hugs will not be part of the ceremonies this year.

What if I arrive late to the staging area?

Schools will be asking students to arrive about one hour prior to their commencement starting time, and begin dismissing vehicles in order to start on time. Graduates (in their vehicles) will be checked in as long as there are vehicles on the dismissal queue; once the last vehicle leaves Lot X, we will not check-in any vehicles for that commencement. Arriving late may allow you to participate in the drive-thru, but could cause you to be in a different group/program within your school; driving-thru with another school will not be possible. 

Will graduates be in alphabetical order?

No, this year we will not follow an alphabetical order in awarding diplomas. Graduates will be checked-in on a “first-come, first-serve” basis and assigned a color placard for the dashboard of their vehicle, identifying their program; they will be directed to park in their program-designated row, to be dismissed with their group. 

Will I be able to watch the proceedings while I wait to be dismissed?

Yes, staged cars will be facing a large screen where live drive-thru proceedings will be shown in real time. The livestream will also be available on our website at llu.edu/commencement, and our mobile app on iOS and Android. On the day of the event, you will be provided a radio station frequency that will allow you to listen to the proceedings as you drive to receive your diploma.

Will graduates and guests have access to restrooms?

Yes, restrooms will be available in the graduates’ staging area in the Centennial Complex parking lot (Lot X) from the time that you arrive, until you are dismissed for the ceremony. Once your vehicle has been dismissed to proceed to the drive-thru ceremony site, there will be no opportunity to stop and use restrooms.

Attire & Decorations

What is the expected dress attire?

We will continue to uphold the same dress code for all participating graduates: business casual, long pants, collared shirts (no t-shirts), no flip-flops; ties optional.

Can I decorate my regalia?

We will continue to uphold the same guidelines as in past year, in alignment with LLU’s principles
and mission.

  • Robes & Hoods: no altering, modifying embellishing or decorating
  • Cords/Stoles/Sashes/Medallions: as issued, approved, and managed by the schools
  • Leis: no food leis at commencement ceremonies; no flower leis (no exceptions) at baccalaureates
  • Mortarboards: this is regulated by the schools, and they will communicate with their graduates directly 

Will I be able to decorate my vehicle?

Yes, but we ask that vehicles and demeanor reflect the dignity of the ceremony, and respect academic ceremonial proceedings. No party items (confetti, silly string, etc.) should be thrown out of any vehicle. No offensive, sexual, inappropriate, or political messaging should be part of the decorations.

Livestreams & Videos

Will there be a video of the ceremony?

Yes, the University will produce a video of each school’s commencement that will incorporate all elements of the ceremony in a hybrid format – some segments will be live (President’s welcome, invocation) and others will be pre-recorded (commencement address, Dean’s remarks).

What if my family member misses watching my ceremony live?

Immediate play-back of each ceremony will be available as raw footage, accessing the menu on the right at “Graduation Schedule”. A final and completed edited video will be available shortly after commencement season, along with the official photo of you with your diploma, the Dean and the President.