FAQ

When will I know the assigned time of my ceremony? 

Ceremony assignments will be emailed to you by April 23. 

What are the details of each in-person ceremony format? 

The ceremony details provided below are subject to change at any time. 

The mini ceremony is only mini in its capacity and running time. This is a traditional experience in an outdoor and socially distanced environment to enjoy a 45-minute ceremony! 

Arriving to campus approximately 30 minutes before the start of the ceremony, graduates and their guests (2 maximum) will be directed to a parking area specific to their ceremony. They will then proceed to the ceremony tent in front of Geesey House for check-in.  Graduates will receive their assigned seating number by email prior to the ceremony.  We ask that you print out and bring this card with you.  Approximately 15 minutes prior to the ceremony start time, we ask that the graduate and their guests be seated under the ceremony tent. When the ceremony begins, the graduates and their guests will be welcomed by Dean Rodney Smolla.  After a few brief remarks, the graduates will cross the stage having their name and degree announced while receiving their diploma.*  The ceremony will conclude with closing remarks, followed by the graduates and their guests exiting the tent and proceeding to the parking lot.  Attendees will then depart campus to make way for the arrival of the next group. 

*Only May 2021 graduates will receive their diploma, all others were previously mailed out. 

Do graduates and guests need tickets? 

Yes, both the graduate and guests will need to bring the tickets that will be emailed to the graduate.   

Will the ceremony be live streamed?  How do I access that? 

Yes. All mini ceremonies will be webcast live online. Access to the live streams will be available on the website. 

What happens if there is inclement weather? 

In most cases, mini ceremonies will take place rain or shine. In the event of severe inclement weather that could impact the safety of all involved, plans will be adjusted, up to and including cancellation without the ability to reschedule. 

What do graduates wear for the in-person ceremonies? 

Regalia for the ceremonies will be mailed to each graduate.  If you have not received it by April 30, please contact the Registrar’s Office.  We recommend graduates dress for the weather underneath their academic attire, and plan for appropriate shoes.  All graduates will be given a Delaware Law School mask to wear during the ceremony.  The regalia does not need to be returned; you may keep it. 

Do graduates and guests need to wear masks during the in-person ceremonies? 

Yes. Widener University’s mask policy will be in effect for everyone, regardless of their vaccination status. The policy requires everyone age 3 and older to wear a mask indoors and outdoors at all times while on campus. 

Will graduates or guests need to be tested or vaccinated to attend an in-person ceremony? 

No. 

Will the in-person ceremonies follow COVID-19 guidelines for safety and social distancing? 

  • All CDC, state, and local requirements, in addition to Widener University specific policies, will be enforced as required at the time of our celebration.  
  • Graduates, guests, faculty, staff and volunteers will all be required to wear masks. 
  • Graduate seating will be socially distanced 6’ from all other graduates. 
  • Guests from the same party will be seated in pairs socially distanced 6’ from all other pairs of guests. 
  • Faculty and staff positioned on the stage will remain socially distant from each other and from all graduates as they cross to have their names and degrees announced. 
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitization of all tent facilities will occur between each ceremony. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the ceremony facilities. 
  • Dedicated parking areas for each ceremony will keep groups from crossing paths to and from their vehicles.