ELON — Elon University will hold commencement exercises for the class of 2021 over two days in May.
The university said Friday it will have multiple in-person ceremonies for undergraduates May 21.
Elon didn't immediately announce how many ceremonies it will hold that day or where they will be, though the university said it's leaning toward the Schar Center, its on-campus convocation center.
The university said it will make those scheduling and venue decisions by April 16.
Graduates of master's programs in business, higher education and interactive media will get their degrees at one of three ceremonies May 18 in Alumni Gym.
Elon said graduating students will be allowed to bring no more than two guests. All commencement attendees will be required to wear facemasks and practice social distancing. Elon plans to livestream all of its commencement ceremonies.
Elon also announced Friday that it will recognize the class of 2020 on Sept. 4-5, which is Labor Day weekend. Elon canceled commencement last May and held a virtual degree-conferral ceremony instead because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The university is planning a number of activities for the class of 2020, including gatherings in conjunction with a home football game Sept. 4 and a formal commencement ceremony at 1 p.m. the next day in the Schar Center.
Elon's announcement comes as North Carolina plans to loosen restrictions on mass gatherings put in place to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Elon is the latest area university to commit to in-person graduation ceremonies. UNCG, N.C. A&T and High Point University are among the Triad institutions that have said they'll let graduates gather for commencement.
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