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.

To make this event as safe as possible, attending graduates are limited to two guests, and social distancing, face coverings, and other COVID-19-related precautions will be observed.

Each graduate attending the ceremony must reserve a ticket in advance and may also reserve tickets for up to two guests. Graduates will receive information about reserving tickets by April 14.

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!

Details for how to watch online coming soon!

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! 
Choose Your Favorite Design


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

Put a little "R" in your Celebration

Want to mark your celebration with the official Rose-Hulman R? We've got just what you need!

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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, we are pleased to offer live-streaming of the event. Please see our Commencement page for live streaming instructions. 

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.


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.

We recommend you tune into the live stream at least 45 minutes before the Commencement begins to see the Walk.

Please see our Commencement page for instructions on how to live stream the event.

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, which guests can watch on their mobile devices.

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

For those unable to attend Commencement, the Walk will be live-streamed along with the rest of the ceremony. Please visit our Commencement page for instructions on how to live stream the event.

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. The Walk will also be shown on large monitors for our guests inside Cook Stadium.

We recommend you tune into the live stream at least 45 minutes before the ceremony to witness the Walk.

Please visit our Commencement page for instructions on how to live stream the event.

What kind of shoes can I wear to the Ceremony?

In order to avoid damage to our new football field turf, we are permitting only flat-bottom shoes for everyone attending Commencement 2021.

What COVID-19 precautions will you be taking?

By campus policy, masks are required for anyone visiting campus; therefore, masks will be required for everyone attending Commencement.

All guests will be temperature checked when arriving at Cook Stadium for the ceremony. 

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.

Each guest will sit in a designated quadrant to minimize the need for extensive contact tracing in the event of a positive case of COVID-19 being discovered after the ceremony.

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, we recommend guests meet graduates after the Commencement at a location on campus special to the graduate, such as Speed Lake, the quad, or outside your favorite residence hall, for a personal celebratory toast. 

Where will we park?

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

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.

Commencement News

Tim Cindric at the Indy 500.

Alumnus and Team Penske President Tim Cindric Presenting Commencement Address, Receiving Honorary Degree

Student wearing graduation cap with a Rose-Hulman R in the cap.

In-Person, Outdoor Spring Commencement Being Planned

Images of Connor Ray and Rachel Shubella smiling.

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

Lyndi Bahr

Assistant to the Vice President, 812-877-8919

Contact Us

Office of Student Affairs
5500 Wabash Avenue
Terre Haute, IN 47803
Phone: 812-877-8919
Fax: 812-877-8746

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