USI To Hold In-Person Commencement Exercises For Class Of 2021


WHO: University of Southern Indiana President Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, graduating members of the Class of 2021, University officials and limited, in-person guests.

WHAT: USI Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies


  • Friday, May 7
    • 11 a.m. – Graduate Studies
    • 3 p.m. – Graduate Studies
  • Saturday, May 8
    • 9 a.m. – Romain College of Business
    • 1 p.m. - College of Liberal Arts
    • 5 p.m. – College of Liberal Arts
  • Sunday, May 9
    • 9 a.m. – Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education
    • 1 p.m. – College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • 5 p.m. – College of Nursing and Health Professions

All doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests will be limited to two tickets per graduate and tickets will be required for reserved seating.

WHERE: All ceremonies will be held in the Screaming Eagles Arena. A map of campus that includes the Arena and all nearby parking lots can be found at

COVID-19 PROTOCOL: In order to safely hold in-person Commencement exercises and allow for graduates to be individually recognized and walk across the stage, a number of safety measures and modifications will be implemented for all ceremonies. Graduates will not process in Spring 2021, but rather will be directed to their physically-distanced seat. There will be no Commencement speakers, no honorary degrees will be awarded and a minimal platform party will be present at all ceremonies. At the conclusion of each ceremony, graduates and guests will be asked to depart the building and return to their vehicles in order to clean and sanitize the Screaming Eagles Arena before the start of the next ceremony.


  • More than 1,100 members of the Class of 2021 will participate between the eight ceremonies and receive doctoral, master, baccalaureate and associate degrees as well as post-master and post-bachelor certificates.
  • 351 students are graduating with academic honors. 46 will graduate summa cum laude (4.0 grade point average on a four-point scale), 137 magna cum laude (3.8 – 3.999 grade point average), and 168 cum laude (3.5 – 3.799 grade point average). 54 students are graduating as University Honors Scholars – having successfully completed the Honors Program – and can be recognized by the white honor cords worn with their regalia.
  • Meghan B. McCrary ’21, who will graduate magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, has been named the recipient of the President’s Medal, the highest honor presented to a graduate in the class of 2021.