When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of Commencement 2020, the University hoped that by Spring 2021, the public health situation would have improved to the point where Brown could host a once-in-a-lifetime double Commencement and Reunion Weekend to cheer on both Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 graduates.
Unfortunately, even with the prospect of increased vaccine availability on the horizon, much work remains in the fight against COVID. In that context, and after consultation with public health experts, Brown’s senior leaders shared in January 2021 the following decisions about this year’s Commencement and Reunion Weekend:
- Commencement for the Class of 2021 will take place on campus on May 1 and 2, 2021, in accordance with public health protocols, but families and guests will attend virtually rather than in person. The University expects that most graduates studying remotely during the spring will participate virtually.
- Despite the hope to welcome back Class of 2020 graduates this spring, the public health situation has made this infeasible; Brown’s Alumni Relations team is working now with Class of 2020 leaders to find a way to meaningfully honor their achievements.
- All alumni reunions will be held virtually for 2021, with a robust lineup of virtual events.
In establishing this direction early in the semester, the University hopes that students and families will be able to better prepare for celebrating their incredible accomplishments virtually on Commencement weekend and in smaller settings at home or elsewhere in the days and weeks following.