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The Guilford community warmly invites you to join us in celebration of the Commencement of the Classes of 2020 and 2021. Caps and gowns can be ordered through the bookstore through the end of April.

For information about Commencement for July 2019 through May 2021, please read this information published by the Office of the Registrar.

Commencement Weekend Schedule 2021

Thursday, May 6

  • 4 to 6 p.m. — Commencement Fair for graduates to pick up various regalia items, including Honors cords, athletics cords, BSU stoles, and other items from campus organizations
  • 7 p.m. — Baccalaureate LIVE on Zoom (see meeting details below)
  • 8:30 p.m. — Toast to the Light (open to the campus community) on Founders Terrace

Zoom Details:

Topic: Baccalaureate 2021
Time: May 14, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Friday, May 7

  • 3 p.m. —In-person ceremony for the Class of 2020

Saturday, May 8

  • 9 a.m. — In-person ceremony for the Class of 2021

Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell Will Receive Honorary Degree

Guilford College will present Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell, a British, Quaker astrophysicist, with an honorary Doctor of Science during the 2021 Commencement ceremony. She will also serve as this year's Commencement speaker.

To Family Members and Guests

Congratulations on the momentous and significant achievement of your student in becoming a Guilford College graduate! The Guilford community and extended family of alumni are eager to celebrate with you on Commencement day.  

For those of us who work with your student, these four years went by far too quickly. It seems only a short time ago that we welcomed them as first-years on move-in day. We're proud of all of their achievements and look forward to seeing the bright future that awaits them.

Please refer to the following information as you make plans for the big day.

Information for Families and Guests

Parking Information

In addition to regularly marked spaces, the entire section of parking on George Fox Drive between New Garden Road and Levi Coffin Drive will be reserved for persons with disabilities during Commencement. 


The College will engage the services of a photographer, who will photograph each graduating senior individually as his or her diploma is presented. We provide this service to ensure this moment is captured, thus relieving parents and friends of any need for photographing. An email will be sent to the graduating senior the week after Commencement with proofs and information on how to order. You can also search the photo proofs at