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Commencement 2021

Widener Law Commonwealth is pleased to announce commencement plans that will recognize and honor our 2020 and 2021 graduates. This year’s commencement ceremonies are scheduled for Saturday, May 15.

We will celebrate outdoors and in-person during socially distanced, live-streamed ceremonies. Both ceremonies will take place on the Widener Law Commonwealth campus at the following times:

  • Class of 2020 – May 15 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Class of 2021 – May 15 at 1:00 p.m.

In the event of inclement weather, both ceremonies will be postponed to Sunday, May 16 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., respectively.

Schedule of the Day

10:00 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Class of 2020 Graduates arrive.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Ceremony for Class of 2020.

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Campus pictures for Class of 2020 and departure from campus by 12:00.

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Cleaning of chairs, etc.

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m. Class of 2021 Graduates arrive.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Ceremony for Class of 2021.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Campus pictures for Class of 2021 and departure from campus.

Commencement FAQ's

Where can I get more information about commencement?

We will host an information session on April 6 at 5:00 p.m., to provide more specifics about commencement and address any additional questions that you may have.

You may also email your questions to the Registrar’s Office ([email protected]).

Do I need to RSVP for the ceremony?

Yes. You will receive an email with a link to Eventbrite at the end of February. Clicking the link and completing the registration process will allow you to RSVP and to access guest tickets. You will have until April 8 to RSVP.

Are guests required to have a ticket?

Yes. Guest tickets will be provided electronically via Eventbrite and must be presented at the ceremony.

How do I make an accommodation request for myself or my guests?

Widener Law Commonwealth seeks to ensure that each participant can equally access, and engage in, all commencement festivities.

To request an accommodation, please indicate your needs – or the needs of your guest(s) – by answering the required questions during the RSVP process in Eventbrite. All reasonable accommodations will be provided to the fullest extent possible.

How many guests can accompany me to the ceremony?

You may bring 2 guests with you to the ceremony.

What time should I arrive at the ceremonies?

You should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before your ceremony is scheduled to begin.

Will there be a professional photographer?

Yes. Both ceremonies will have professional photographers to capture the moment you walk across the stage and are honored for your achievements. 

Will I be able to take my own pictures?

Yes. Each class will have 30 minutes following its ceremony to take their own socially-distanced pictures on campus.

Will the ceremony be live streamed? How do I access that?

Yes. Both ceremonies will be webcast live online. Access to the live streams will be available on the commencement website.

What happens if there is inclement weather?

In the event of inclement weather on May 15, the ceremonies will be rescheduled to May 16. The decision to postpone will be made as soon as possible, but no later than 6:00 a.m. on May 15. 

How do I obtain my regalia and my cords?

Regalia will be available for pick up on campus on Mondays and Fridays beginning in mid-April. At the commencement information session on April 6, we will provide more specifics regarding regalia distribution.

Do my guests and I need to wear masks at the ceremony?

Yes. Widener University’s mask policy will be in effect, which requires everyone age 3 and older to wear a mask indoors and outdoors at all times while on campus.

Will the ceremonies follow COVID-19 guidelines for safety and social distancing?

  • All CDC, state, and local requirements, in addition to Widener University specific policies, will be enforced as required at the time of our celebration. 
  • Graduates, guests, faculty, staff, and volunteers will all be required to wear masks.
  • The ceremony will take place outdoors.
  • You and your guests will be seated in groups of three, socially distanced 6 feet (side-to-side and front-to-back, hip-to-hip) from all other groups of guests.
  • Faculty and staff positioned on the stage will remain socially distant from each other and from all graduates as you cross the stage to receive your diploma.
  • Thorough cleaning and sanitization of all facilities will occur between the ceremonies.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located throughout the ceremony facilities.
  • The ceremony will use touchless ticketed entry.

Will in-person ceremony plans or options change if pandemic-related conditions worsen?

Possibly. As the health and safety of all participants is our top priority, we reserve the right to modify ceremony plans, including, but not limited to, a transition to drive-through or virtual-only options.

In general, what is Widener doing in response to COVID-19?

Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the law school has taken a number of steps to ensure the health and safety of the campus community and beyond. Please visit the COVID-19 webpage for more information. 

Next Steps

  • Watch for an emailed invitation arriving in late February. Be sure to RSVP by April 8.
  • Attend the commencement information session on April 6 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Pick up your regalia and cords on Mondays and Fridays, beginning in mid-April.

Lodging

If you would like to accommodate any of your guests with an overnight stay, we have a short list of options below:

Best Western Premier

Rate: $121.95
Address: 800 East Park Drive, Harrisburg PA 17111
Contact: Front Desk (717) 561-2800
Website
This hotel is located about ten minutes from The Law School and about ten minutes from The Forum Auditorium. They offer complimentary shuttle service to the airport, bus, and train station. They also offer a discounted breakfast for our commencement guests.

SpringHill Suites (Marriott)

Rate: $122
Address: 15 Capital Drive, Harrisburg PA 17110
Contact: Kirsha Dreiner Damone, (717) 540-5100, [email protected]
Website
This hotel is located about five minutes from The Law School and about fifteen minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Fairfield Inn & Suites

Rate: $119.00
Address: 1018 Briarsdale Road, Harrisburg PA 17109
Contact: Corinne Fleming (717) 564-6169
Promotional Booking Code: W7U
Website
This hotel is located about ten minutes from The Law School and about ten minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Hilton Harrisburg

Rate: $169.00
Address: One North Second Street, Harrisburg PA 17101
Contact: Steve Hess (717) 237-6434
Website 
This hotel is located about fifteen minutes from The Law School and about 10 minutes from The Forum Auditorium.

Crown Plaza

Rate: $119.00
Address: 23 South Second Street, Harrisburg PA 17101
Contact: Front Desk (717) 234-5021
Website
This hotel is located about fifteen minutes from The Law School and about five blocks from The Forum Auditorium.

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