We are pleased to announce that the State of South Carolina has approved Lander University’s plans for in-person commencement exercises for its Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 graduating classes.

Lander postponed the Spring 2020 commencement ceremony, originally scheduled for May 13, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony for May 2020 graduates will now take place Saturday, December 12. The ceremony for Fall 2020 graduates will take place Tuesday, December 15, as originally scheduled. All events will be held in Horne Arena.

To keep the number of graduates, employees and guests in the arena at safe levels, the ceremonies will be split into morning and afternoon programs, with three academic colleges per program. All events will be conducted in accordance with current public health and government guidelines for social distancing and mask usage, and all plans are contingent upon COVID-19 conditions and public health regulations at that time.

 

Spring 2020 (May Grads) Commencement Exercises:

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Horne Arena
Video Link - 10:00 a.m.

Video Link - 2:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. (graduates should arrive in the PEES auxiliary gym at 8:45 a.m.):

  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Mathematics

 

2:00 p.m. (graduates should arrive in the PEES auxiliary gym at 12:45 p.m.):

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Business
  • School of Nursing
  • Other (IDS Majors)

Spring 2020 Graduate Checklist


Fall 2020 Commencement Exercises

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020
Horne Arena
Video Link - 10:00 a.m.

Video Link - 2:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. (graduates should arrive in the PEES auxiliary gym at 8:45 a.m.):

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Science & Mathematics

 

2:00 p.m. (graduates should arrive in the PEES auxiliary gym at 12:45 p.m.):

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • School of Nursing
  • Other (IDS Majors)

Fall 2020 Graduate Checklist

 

The following safety measures are being put into place:

  • TICKETS: In order to accommodate social distancing and event capacity guidelines, guests will be limited to four (4) per graduate. All ceremonies will be livestreamed from the Lander website to accommodate those who cannot attend in person. 
  • COMMENCEMENT JAZZ BRUNCH: There will be no commencement brunch for either ceremony.
  • FACULTY AND STAFF ATTENDANCE: Faculty attendance will be optional, and social distancing measures will be in place at all times. Staff attendance will be limited to essential personnel only.

In accordance with current state regulations, face masks/coverings are required inside all Lander University campus buildings, including Horne Arena, PEES Auxiliary Gymnasium, and ceremony overflow areas. Commencement guests and graduates are asked to comply with mask requirements and physical distancing guidelines at all times while on campus.

Temperature checks will be performed for entry into the arena, graduate line-up and staging areas, and guest overflow areas. Individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be allowed inside.

The University’s clear bag policy will be in enforced, and metal detectors will be in use at each entrance. All items will be subject to search.