Updates on Summer/Fall 2021 and Commencement

Mar. 30, 2021

Summer and Fall 2021
The majority of summer courses will be offered remotely, with limited courses delivered in-person. Registration for fall classes opens April 12, and we are planning for a majority of fall courses to be in person. There will be a limited number of courses taught in “hyflex” mode, where some students are in person and some participate remotely. We will continue to monitor public health guidelines and adjust accordingly.

Commencement
After reviewing the latest data and public health guidelines for COVID-19, Presidsent Whitfield has asked university staff to begin preparing for a traditional in-person commencement ceremony this spring. There’s a lot of work to do between now and then, but the intent is to move forward with ceremonies at Sam Boyd Stadium on the third weekend of May. The in-person commencement will replace the May 15 university-wide virtual event previously announced.

The safety of our students, faculty, and staff remains our top priority. We are working closely with local authorities and public health experts, and are coordinating with the state, to request approval to hold these ceremonies. Please be aware that any sustained setback in the fight against COVID-19 will require us to make necessary adjustments, and we would alert you as soon as possible.

We are planning two ceremonies for the Spring 2021 graduates, as is tradition:

  • May 13, 8 a.m. — all master's specialist, and doctoral degree graduates from 2020 and candidates from spring 2021
  • May 14, 8 a.m. — spring 2021 undergraduate degree candidates from the following colleges and schools: School of Integrated Health Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Liberal Arts, School of Public Health, School of Nursing, Greenspun College of Urban Affairs
  • May 14, 6:30 p.m. — all class of 2020 (spring and fall) undergraduate degree recipients
  • May 15, 8 a.m. — spring 2021 undergraduate degree candidates from the following colleges and schools: Lee Business School, College of Education, Hughes College of Engineering, Harrah College of Hospitality, College of Sciences 

These will be ticketed events and each graduate may have up to four guests. Everyone will be required to follow social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings – no exceptions. All ceremonies will be streamed live at unlv.edu for those who cannot or choose not to attend. The Registrar’s Office will be reaching out to 2020 graduates and prospective 2021 graduates with more information.