The University’s goal is to provide a safe and memorable experience for our graduates. Students overwhelmingly expressed two top priorities for their Commencement experience: in-person and safe. The WesternU Commencement Core Team plans to host five in-person ceremonies at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium from May 18-20, 2022, as published as “future dates” on the Commencement website. These five ceremonies will include traditional elements, however, to comply with health and safety standards, graduates will be hooded by a designated faculty member or trustee.
While we hope to deliver an in-person ceremony, we would be remise to not have a contingency plan. We are bound by, and will strictly adhere to, federal, state and local health and safety restrictions. The University may be required to reduce guest tickets for social distancing or pivot to a completely virtual ceremony. We will keep our graduates informed as best as possible as plans develop.