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Commencement


Congratulations to the Guilford College Classes of 2020 and 2021! Please enjoy the following images, which showcase the joy at all of the College's recent graduation events.

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


Commencement Videos, Lists of Graduates


A hooding ceremony takes place for a graduate with a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice.

Meet the Class of 2021

Congratulations, graduates!


Guilford College is pleased to share the success of several recent graduates. From graduate school to new careers to exciting summer plans, these students are off to do great things. 

Image shows headshots of eight recent graduates featured in the senior campaign articles.


Commencement 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
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sankofa BAGC Pinning Ceremony, Hege Library Terrace
  • 7:45 p.m. — Toast to the Light on Founders Terrace

Friday, May 7

  • 3 p.m. — In-person ceremony for the Class of 2020; each student may invite up to four guests

Saturday, May 8

  • 9 a.m. — In-person ceremony for the Class of 2021; each student may invite up to four guests

Friday, May 14

  • 7 p.m. — Baccalaureate LIVE on Zoom (see meeting details below)

Zoom Details:

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

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Saturday, May 15

On May 15, 2021, there will be a special virtual Commencement ceremony for 2020 and 2021 graduates that will feature Commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell and student speaker Ree Ree Wei '21. The pre-recorded ceremony will also include footage from the in-person ceremonies that took place on May 7 and 8. Please check back here for link, which will be available at the time of the event.
 


Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell Will Receive Honorary Degree

She will also serve as this year's Commencement speaker.


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.

Image is a headshot of Dr. Jocelyn Bell Burnell.

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. 

Photography

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 gradimages.com.