Commencement Information

Phone: 330-263-2000

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

The College of Wooster is pleased to announce it will recognize the Class of 2021 during an in-person commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 8 at 10 a.m. All graduates currently on-campus and studying remotely are welcome to attend the in-person ceremony and will be provided a total of two tickets for family members or guests.  

To follow state guidance on large gatherings and social distancing, while maximizing the number of guests, the ceremony will be held outdoors at John Papp Stadium and will be a ticketed event with masks and six-foot distancing required. 

All ticketed guests will be required to present an ID upon entry to John Papp Stadium and must do symptom screening before arrival and report any symptoms/test results that occur for up to 14 days after visiting campus. No tickets will be available on the day of the event. 

Graduates and their guests are advised to check Wooster, OH, weather reports and  dress for typically cooler Ohio spring temperatures. The College will make all official weather calls no later than Thursday, May 6. In case of severe weather (i.e. lightning, thunderstorms, downpour), the ceremony will be held at McGaw Chapel and all guests will gather separately in Timken Gymnasium in the Scot Center. We will make every effort to hold commencement outside, so that everyone can be together, in person.  

2021 Commencement and Related Events Schedule:

Saturday, April 24:  

  • 2 p.m., Lavender Celebration | via Zoom (invite only) 

Thursday, May 6: 

  • 6 p.m., Baccalaureate Ceremony (Register here). An Interfaith Baccalaureate Service, led by Interim Director of Religious & Spiritual Life Erin Guzmán, will be held Thursday, May 6 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Join us in celebrating graduating seniors from a variety of cultural, religious, secular, and spiritual backgrounds as they offer readings or short reflections from their respective traditions. This is a special multi-faith service of reflection, gratitude, and encouragement as students prepare to embark on the next leg of the journey. We hope you’ll gather with us across timezones and distance, as we honor how far they’ve come and affirm them as they keep going. 

Friday, May 7: 

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., New Alumni Celebration | Lowry Center 
    All seniors are invited to stop by the Lowry Center to pick up your class glass and celebrate with the Office of Alumni and Family Engagement 
  • 11 a.m.Senior Tree Planting | On Campus Location TBD 
    Open to members of the Class of 2021 
  • 12-1 p.m. and 1:45-2:45 p.m., Senior Music Hour |  McGaw Chapel 
    Limited live audience by invitation only; livestream open to all at 
  • p.m., Multi-cultural Stoling Ceremony | McGaw Chapel 
    Limited live audience by invitation only; livestream open to all at 
  • 7:15 p.m., Commencement Concert – Jazz Ensemble | Scot Center Outdoor Amphitheater  
    Limited live audience open to students, facultyand staff on first-come, first-served basis, family/guests by invitation only 

Saturday, May 8

  • 2021 Commencement Exercises

    • 9 a.m., March through the Arch & Commencement Processional Kauke Arch 
    • 10 a.m., Commencement Ceremony John Papp Stadium

Limited live audience, including graduates and guests by invitation only; livestream open to all 


Please direct questions about 2021 Commencement events to