In-Person -- Outdoors -- Awesome

Rose-Hulman will host an outdoor, in-person Commencement for the Class of 2021 starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 29 on the Phil Brown Football Field in Cook Stadium.

Download the 2021 Commencement program here

To make this event as safe as possible, attending graduates are limited to two guests and social distancing will be observed. Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on the Rose-Hulman campus for fully vaccinated individuals; however, we still require masks in indoor public spaces.

Each graduate attending the ceremony was required to reserve tickets in advance. 

Congratulations Rose-Hulman Class of 2021! 

Order Your Cap and Gown

Order your graduation regalia through the Rose-Hulman Bookstore and dress in style!

Commencement Livestreaming

If you can't make it to campus for Commencement, no worries! We will live stream the entire event! It’s the next best thing to being there!

Yard Signs collage.

What's Your Sign?

Show your pride with a Class of 2021 Graduate Yard Sign! Choose the sign template you want, then work with the sign folks at Staples, Office Depot/Max, or another printer and share the exciting news! 
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Rob Coons

Rob Coons

President, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Rob Coons

Erik Hayes

Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students 

Thom Adams

Thom Adams

Professor of Mechanical Engineering Thom Adams presenting the Herman A. Moench Award.
Tim Cindric

Tim Cindric

President of Team Penske, Commencement Speaker, Honorary Degree Recipient, 1990 Alumnus
Kelly Noel

Kelly Noel

President of the Alumni Advisory Board

Coleman Weaver

Coleman Weaver

Past President of the Student Government Association
Patti Giraldo

Patti Giraldo

President of the Senior Class
J.J. Faught

J.J. Faught

Vice President of the South Asian Student Alliance

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many guest tickets will each graduate receive?

We are very pleased to offer an in-person ceremony for our graduates this year. Commencement is a landmark experience, which is why we have made every effort to ensure this event can safely take place.

After consultation with student leadership, administration, health and safety officials, and in coordination with the Vigo County Health Department, we have determined that each graduate can invite two guests to our ceremony. 

Health and safety considerations have placed many limitations on our actions again this year, and this is certainly one we wish did not exist; however, in light of the alternatives, we are thrilled to be offering this ceremony and know it will be a wonderful day.

For those unable to attend the ceremony, you may live stream the event here. Live streaming will begin at 9:30 a.m. You can also get a ground-level view of the Walk on Facebook Live beginning at 9:20 a.m.


Updated 5/28/2021

What if I can't find my ticket?

Please search your email for an email from Eventbrite. 

Tickets were sent to the email addresses provided by our graduates for each registered guest. 

The ticket confirmation would have come from Eventbrite ( with the subject of "Order Confirmation for Commencement 2021."


Updated 5/28/2021

Is there a wait list for additional tickets?

No, we are unable to offer a waiting list for tickets. While we are thrilled to be able to offer an in-person Commencement this year, health and safety considerations dictate that we limit each graduate to two guest tickets.

Our inability to offer "day of" tickets or a waiting list is certainly a limitation we don't welcome, but, in view of the numerous colleges and universities offering only virtual commencements again this year, we are very pleased to be offering an in-person event for the Class of 2021.

We look forward to a wonderful day for as many guests and graduates who are able to safely attend.


Updated 4/21/21


Will Commencement be live streamed?

Yes. You can view the ceremony, including the Walk Across Campus and the Walk Down the Hill, via live stream beginning at 9:30 a.m. You can view the live stream by clicking here.

 You can also get a ground-level, first-person view of the Walk beginnig at 9:20 a.m. on Facebook Live by clicking here.  



Last updated 5/28/2021

Will guests be able to observe the Walk in person?

The Walk will be shown on large video monitors inside Cook Stadium for guests to observe from their seats. Also, the Walk will be live-streamed on Facebook Live starting at 9:20 a.m., which guests can watch on their mobile devices.

Because tickets are required to enter the ceremony area, it's important that all guests remain in their seats within the stadium after arriving at their designated time.

You can view all of Commencement 2021 by viewing the live stream here starting at 9:30 a.m.


Updated 5/28/2021

Will the Walk Across Campus be live streamed?

Yes. You can get a ground-level, first-person view of the Walk on our Facebook Live feed starting at 9:20 a.m. The Walk will also be shown on large monitors for our guests inside Cook Stadium.

Live streaming of Commencement 2021 will begin at 9:30 a.m. You can view the live stream by clicking here


Updated 5/28/2021

What kind of shoes can I wear to the Ceremony?

For your safety and to prevent possible damage to our synthetic turf football field, we are encouraging all guests to wear flat shoes or shoes with wide or wedge heels. Student walk-throughs on the field revealed it is very difficult (if not impossible) to walk on the field in narrow-tipped heels. Damage to the field is also possible and would not be covered by our warranty, so we ask for your consideration.


Updated 5/26/21

What COVID-19 precautions will you be taking?

Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on campus for individuals who are fully vaccinated; therefore, masks will not be required at our outdoor Commencement 2021 for fully vaccinated individuals. 

Masks must continue to be worn in all public, indoor spaces on the Rose-Hulman campus, so please bring a mask in case you need to be indoors at any time.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second Pfizer or Moderna dose or two weeks after the single Johnson and Johnson dose.

In keeping with our current campus policy, we will be practicing social distancing at Commencement 2021. Seats, or two-seat pods, will be spaced six feet apart. Graduates were asked to indicate when reserving their guests' tickets whether their two guests could be seated together or needed to be spaced.

Socially distanced seating will also be available in the grandstands.


Updated 5/28/21

Will there be a champagne celebration after the ceremony?

Each graduate will be given a bag of gifts, including champagne and plastic champagne flutes for a post-event toast. Because only water will be permitted inside Cook Stadium, guests are invited to share a toast with their graduate outside of Cook Stadium in the parking area or the grassy area between the parking lot and Lost Creek. Due to excise laws, toasts will be limited to those designated areas.


Updated 5/13/21

Where will we park?

All registered guests will receive an email the week of Commencement with parking and other instructions.


Updated 4/21/21

What if it rains?

Commencement 2021 will take place on Saturday, May 29, rain or shine, so please come prepared with an umbrella or poncho.

In the event of hazardous weather conditions, Commencement may be delayed until later the same day. In the worst-case scenario and the event cannot take place outdoors, guests will receive alternate instructions as early as possible.

To avoid conflicts with travel arrangements and other events, Commencment 2021 will not be rescheduled for another day.


Updated 4/21/21

How long will the ceremony last?

Our best estimate is that the ceremony will last between two and two-and-a-half hours.


Updated 5/27/2021

Commencement News

Image shows sculpture of the self-made-man wearing a COVID-19 mask above the words Rose Heroes.

Rose-Hulman Faculty, Staff Recognized as ‘Heroes’ During Challenging Year


Process, Perseverance Put Rose-Hulman’s Class of 2021 in Winner’s Circle

Recognized as outstanding 2021 graduates were Grant Stamper, recipient of the Herman A. Moench Distinguished Senior Commendation, and Kaylee Pate, with the John T. Royse Award. Pate also was among five students receiving Heminway Gold Medals as the top scholars in the class.

Graduates Recognized for Academic Success, Service to Others, Campus Leadership

Lyndi Bahr

Assistant to the Vice President, 812-877-8919

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Phone: 812-877-8919
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