U of M hosting graduation at Liberty Bowl Saturday for spring, summer, fall graduates
Antonio Scott, outgoing Student Government Association President at the University of Memphis before his virtual graduation ceremony. Memphis Commercial Appeal
University of Memphis graduates of spring, summer and current fall semesters can walk in-person at an outdoor ceremony at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium this Saturday, the school announced.
Masks and social distancing are required of graduates and attendees. The ceremony is ticketed, and each graduate will receive six tickets for guests upon receiving their caps and gowns Tuesday.
Graduates and attendees are asked to arrive an hour before the ceremony start time, and if bringing belongings, must follow the stadium's policy on clear bags. Clear bags cannot exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and one-gallon Ziploc-like bags are acceptable. A full list is available on the stadium website.
U of M will host three ceremonies:
9 a.m.: Recipients of doctoral degrees and degrees from the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, as well as recipients of bachelor's degrees from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Loewenberg College of Nursing and the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management
Noon: Recipients of bachelor's degrees from the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the College of Professional & Liberal Studies, the Fogelman College of Business & Economics and the Herff College of Engineering
3 p.m.: Recipients of all master's degrees and recipients of bachelor's degrees from the College of Education and the College of Health Sciences
Heavy rain or other inclement weather on Saturday will postpone the ceremonies to Sunday. If bad weather persists, the in-person ceremonies will be canceled. Due to the stadium schedule, there will not be an option for rescheduling, U of M said.
Fall graduates will also be recognized in a virtual graduation ceremony on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. The ceremony will be broadcast from the YouTube account of the U of M's commencement office.
U of M held virtual ceremonies for spring and summer graduates earlier this year.
It was not immediately clear how many graduates decided to participate in the in-person ceremonies. As of mid-October, the stadium was permitted to seat nearly 12,000 for football games.
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