Dear PLU students, families, and campus community members,
It’s almost time to celebrate a new graduating class of Lutes! Commencement marks a highly significant moment in the lives of our students. We recognize the importance of the graduation milestone and all that the members of PLU’s Classes of 2020 and 2021 have accomplished, struggled through, learned, lived, and realized to get here. We also know that you are living through an unprecedented time, and that PLU’s mission of care matters now more than ever. That’s why, even as we continue to manage our way safely through this pandemic, it’s vital that we celebrate our graduates.
Today we are announcing that we will be holding two virtual commencement ceremonies in late May: one for the Class of 2021 and one for the Class of 2020. We look forward to celebrating the Class of 2021 in a virtual ceremony on May 29 at 11:00 a.m., and the Class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony on May 29th at 2:00 p.m.
Current state regulations and the continuing public health risk posed by large gatherings prohibit us from holding our traditional in-person commencement event in the Tacoma Dome this spring. We know that there is no replacement for an in-person ceremony, but our Commencement Planning Team is hard at work creating a virtual experience that honors all of our graduates and captures the quintessential elements of our traditional commencement ceremony, while ensuring that all of our graduates and their guests are able to participate.
The fully produced virtual commencements will be livestreamed on our YouTube channel. The two events will highlight special moments, showcase student speakers, and give each student the opportunity to hear their name, see their picture, and view degree information. All content from the ceremony will be available for viewing after the event as well.
We are working in partnership with the Washington D.C.–based company Full Measure Education to produce the virtual commencement ceremonies. Full Measure Education will help ensure that the registration and participation for students, families, and friends is seamless, and will work with PLU’s Commencement Planning Team to ensure the events are well-produced and highly engaging.
Along with commencement, the spring semester brings with it a host of activities and events designed to honor our graduates. Updated details about commencement-related events hosted by various programs and departments on campus will be posted at www.plu.edu/commencement as they become available.
Additional details regarding the virtual ceremonies will be shared with students, families, and campus community members as soon as it is available.