What to Expect for 2021 Graduation

Graduation season is among us and I am both eager and a little sad about ending my college career at the best university on the planet! Oxford and the Ole Miss family will forever be my second home and I cannot wait to visit for football games and Double Decker weekend. Growing up with two older sisters, I know how boring commencement can be. Having to listen to thousands of students' names and waiting for hours to watch the one person you came for to walk across the stage and receive their diploma. Talk about a long day! Well, the good thing is there is more than one ceremony and the graduates are not forced to attend all of them. In this article, I will tell you everything you need to know about Spring 2021 graduation.



With the current Covid protocols and the ending of the mask mandate for Mississippi, hopefully, the 2021 commencement will look a little more normal than we were expecting. The venue's capacity will depend on the state's orders at that time, so nothing is set in stone right now but constantly be checking the Ole Miss website for updates regarding Covid restrictions.


Morning convocation will begin at 8 a.m. at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. At this ceremony, you can expect to see a guest speaker and speeches from the Chancellor and one or two other professors. Technically, it is not mandatory for students to attend this ceremony and they will not be walking or receiving anything. Fingers crossed the weather will be enjoyable, but be assured they will have a back-up plan if necessary which will be announced closer to graduation. There is no information on tickets, but make sure to constantly look out for those announcements before inviting extended family and friends to convocation.


Various schools and colleges will have a separate ceremony, which is when you will see your daughter or son walk across the stage. Again, the ticket information has not been announced yet, so be on the lookout on our social media platforms and the Ole Miss website. Here is a list of the 2021 graduation schedule. Congratulations Class of 2021, you did it!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

3:30 p.m. — School of Law Location: The Pavilion

7:00 p.m. — Doctoral Hooding Ceremony–Graduate School Location: The Pavilion

Friday, April 30, 2021

10:00 a.m. — Business School ­- Master’s Degree Ceremony Location: The Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts

10:00 a.m. — School of Education Location: The Pavilion

1:00 p.m. — College of Liberal Arts – Master’s Degree Ceremony Location: The Gertrude Castellow Ford Center for the Performing Arts

1:00 p.m. — School of Pharmacy Location: The Pavilion

4:00 p.m. — Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College Ceremony Location: The Pavilion

7:00 p.m. — Patterson School of Accountancy – Master’s and PhD Ceremony Location: The Pavilion

Saturday, May 1, 2021

8:00 a.m. — Convocation Location: Vaught-Hemingway Stadium/Hollingsworth Field *In the case of inclement weather, Convocation will be cancelled*

10:00 a.m. — School of Business – Part I Location: The Pavilion Last name beginning with the letters A-K

10:00 a.m. — School of Engineering – Part I Location: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Biomedical, Chemical, General, and Mechanical Engineering

1:00 p.m. — School of Business – Part II Location: The Pavilion Last name beginning with the letters L-Z

1:00 p.m. — School of Engineering – Part II Location: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Civil, Geological, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Geology

4:00 p.m. — Patterson School of Accountancy- Undergraduate Location: The Pavilion

4:00 p.m. — General Studies – Part I Location: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Last name beginning with the letters A-L

7:00 p.m. — General Studies – Part II Location: C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum Last name beginning with the letters M-Z

7:00 p.m. — School of Journalism and New Media Location: The Pavilion

Sunday, May 2, 2021

8:00 a.m. — College of Liberal Arts – Undergraduate – Part I Location: The Pavilion Last name beginning with the letters A-L

11:00 a.m. — College of Liberal Arts – Undergraduate – Part II Location: The Pavilion Last name beginning with the letters M-Z

2:00 p.m. — School of Applied Sciences – Part I Location: The Pavilion HESRM (Exercise Science, Sport & Rec, MS in Sport & Rec, MS in ES, PhD in Health & Kinesiology, MS in Health Promotions) Communication Sciences & Disorders Applied Gerontology

5:00 p.m. — School of Applied Sciences – Part II Location: The Pavilion CJLS (Criminal Justice, Law studies, MCJ) Social Work (UG and grad) NHM (Dietetics & Nutrition, Hospitality Management, MS in Food and Nutrition Services, MS in HM)

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