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Knox College will be hosting Commencement for the Class of 2021 on Saturday, June 5, 2021, with Sunday, June 6, as the severe weather contingency date.
Commencement exercises will be split into two one hour to 1.5 hours sessions on that day—a morning session at 10:00 a.m. and an afternoon session at 3:00 p.m.—and each will be ticketed. This will enable the class to safely bring three guests observing appropriate safety protocols to campus.
Both ceremonies will be held on South Lawn. To ensure we abide by state capacity restrictions, we will be fencing off the stage and guest seating areas and taking tickets at the entrances. Entrance to the Commencement event area is restricted to ticketed guests and those participating in the formal ceremony.
By splitting the number of graduates in half, we have the space to safely accommodate graduates and their guests for each ceremony. We are following the State of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” guidelines on gathering limits and distancing and have also been working with the Knox County Health Department to ensure our plans adhere to their guidelines.
We will livestream the Commencement as we have in the past, and this year, we will pre-record honorary degree recipients and our commencement speaker. Student speakers may address attendees live, and our current plan is to safely present diplomas at the event.
We want to assure you that we will make any changes necessary to protect the health of Commencement participants and guests, based upon public health guidance. Also, should restrictions be lifted, we will make every effort to provide a more robust and celebratory experience for all.
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