Wittenberg University to host in-person commencement ceremonies

Wittenberg University will hold their commencement ceremonies in person, a release from the university announced. Its 171 commencement will take place in May.

The university will hold two ceremonies on Saturday, May 15, one from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for science and education majors and one from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for arts and humanities majors, the university announced. Each graduate is allowed two tickets for guests, the release said.

Both ceremonies will take place at Wittenberg Stadium atop Edwards-Maurer Field, the release said. The class of 2020 will have an in-person ceremony on Sunday, May 16 at 1 p.m. at the same location, the release said.

“Given Governor Mike DeWine’s recent announcement with regard to increasing outdoor capacity for gatherings and events from 15 to 30 percent and 25 percent indoors, we believe we can safely host in-person ceremonies for our graduating class,” said President Mike Frandsen in a campus communication. “While this is certainly welcomed news, there are still many details the Commencement Committee needs to work through. We will be able to communicate further details in the coming weeks, so I ask for your patience and understanding as we work through our planning to ensure the health and safety of all involved in this milestone event.”

Information regarding parking, shuttles and seating will be available in coming weeks, the university said. Graduates will also still have an opportunity to participate in such traditions as Stomp the Seal and take photos in the ceremony’s normal location, Commencement Hollow, where refreshments will be served for graduates and their guests.

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