Details for in-person hooding and commencement ceremonies are still being finalized, but Creighton University released a schedule of events last week.
The ceremonies will be held May 13-15 at various venues, both on campus and off.
According to the email sent by Creighton Communications, each graduate will be allocated two tickets for guests.
The ceremonies will be held at the following times and locations:
• School of Law Hooding and Commencement at 9 a.m. on May 13 at the Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena
• School of Dentistry Hooding and Commencement at 1 p.m. on May 13 at the Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena
• College of Nursing Hooding and Commencement at 9 a.m. on May 14 at the Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena
• School of Medicine Hooding and Commencement at 1 p.m. on May 14 at the Ryan Athletics Center and D.J. Sokol Arena
• School of Pharmacy and Health Professions Hooding and Commencement at 4:30 p.m. on May 14 at the CHI Health Center
• Baccalaureate Mass at 7:30 p.m. on May 14 at TD Ameritrade Park
• Undergraduate Commencement at 9 a.m. on May 15 at the CHI Health Center
• Graduate School Hooding and Commencement at 2 p.m. on May 15 at the CHI Health Center
Creighton Communications first announced that it would hold graduation ceremonies in person in an email sent on March 8.
“The guidance is based on our community standards that we've had in place,” said Tricia Sharrar, vice provost for academic administration and operations. “Social distancing, hand hygiene, face coverings.”
Sharrar said CU is following guidance from the university epidemiologist, county and state experts, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She said local venues also have protocols in place.
“We’re offering this as an opportunity because we feel like we can do it using our current guidelines and community standards,” Sharrar said.
“But we’re prepared for students – and some have decided that they just aren’t comfortable being here, and that’s OK.
“People have to do what feels most comfortable to them, knowing that the parameters we have in place are very similar to what we’ve been doing all semester,” Sharrar said.
Brooke Memoly, who graduated in December from the College of Arts and Sciences, is planning to participate in the undergraduate ceremony in May.
“I was excited that we were going to have an in-person graduation,” Memoly said. “It's been something I've been looking forward to, and I feel confident that Creighton can take the necessary steps for it to be something safe for all of us.”
She said she is glad that her mom and boyfriend will be using her two guest tickets.
Sharrar said that Creighton and the Office of the Registrar will send an email to graduating students who indicated on their degree application that they would participate in an in-person ceremony.
The email will ask if they will be using their three tickets – one for themselves and two for their guests.
“There will be modifications made, they will not look like past ceremonies. But what specifically, we’re still working through those details,” Sharrar said.