Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2021 Undergraduates

Class of 2021 graduates will formally receive their degrees, doctorates and diplomas in events scheduled for Friday.
Historic Rice Stadium will host the university’s commencement for the first time. The ceremonies are usually held in the university’s Academic Quad, but the spacious stadium will allow families and other guests of graduates to safely attend while following social distancing guidelines. The ceremonies will be held outdoors, rain or shine.
Also, a series of ceremonial marches on both afternoons will allow the undergraduates to participate in a venerated Rice ritual. By long-standing tradition, new students attending their freshman orientation march into the Academic Quad through Lovett Hall’s Sallyport, then scrupulously avoid walking under it for the rest of their years at Rice. On commencement day, they traditionally celebrate by marching out of the quad the way they entered, symbolically leaving the campus and carrying the wisdom acquired at Rice into the wider world.
With the commencement ceremonies moving to Rice Stadium on the other side of the campus, Class of 2021 graduates carrying the banners of their residential colleges will march through the Sallyport in a series of processions on Friday morning.
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