Commencement 2021

Plans will be adjusted if required by state protocols.

Format, dates, and times: Nazareth is planning multiple in-person Commencement ceremonies for graduating students inside Golisano Training Center (GTC) on campus. See guest details below. Advance registration plus COVID-19 testing, positive case history, or vaccination documentation is required from all guests on campus as well as from all graduates. Ceremonies also will be livestreamed, viewable on large screens on campus (see requirements for all on-campus guests, below) or on your own device (on or off campus) from anywhere with internet access. Masks, 6-foot distancing, and other health and safety measures are required on campus.

Guests for Commencement ceremonies 

There are two types of guests on Commencement day, with different registration processes:

  • Advance registration required for GTC, by end of day Monday, May 10: Two guests are permitted per graduating student inside GTC, due to state capacity limits. 
    • Graduates receive an email April 23 (subject line: Register now for Naz Commencement: graduate + guests) with a link to register yourself and your one or two guests (if any), or to indicate you don’t plan to attend
    • To fill out the form, graduates will need to know each guest’s full name, date of birth, address, phone number, and email address (all required by New York state for contact tracing). 
    • Only graduates can register guests for GTC.
  • Livestream: Advance registration required to be on campus to watch livestream. Register at least 24 hours before arriving on campus. Graduates can have additional guests on campus (who are not in GTC). Guests must register themselves online (or their graduate can register these guests) at least 24 hours in advance using the pandemic visitor registration steps. These guests can choose to watch the livestream on large screens in Callahan Theater (in the Arts Center) or in Beston Hall (in Glazer Music Performance Center) — see campus Commencement map — as space permits (first-come, first-served), or on your own device. Wi-Fi is available in the Aviary tent in the O’Connor quad (shown on campus Commencement map) and in any building.
    • Choose the NazCommunityWifi network
    • Password (case sensitive): GoldenFlyers
  • Upon arrival, all guests (whether for GTC or not) must provide
    • photo ID (children must be with a parent/guardian who has ID) 
    • proof of one of these: COVID-19 testing, positive COVID-19 case history, or vaccination that occurred within the following specific time periods, as required by New York state
    • And your green badge with QR code result from your online COVID-19 symptom/exposure screening, which needs to be done the day of Commencement. See more details below.
    • GTC-registered guests also must show the bar-coded ticket received via email.
Testing/vaccination and screening details for all guests
Other details for guests

Graduating students

On the day of Commencement, all graduating students must first visit the Shults Center gym (see details below) to either have a rapid COVID-19 test or to provide proof of vaccination or of a positive case history within the periods specified below, and to get a wristband to be admitted to GTC for Commencement. You will not be admitted to the GTC without the wristband.

Testing/vaccination details for graduates
Other details for graduates

Guests on campus May 9-13

  • We welcome two guests at a time per graduating student onto campus May 9-13, such as if you’d like to take photos or your graduate wants to show you around.
  • Guests must register online at least 24 hours in advance (by themself, or helped by their student) using the pandemic visitor registration steps; that webpage also specifies the online symptom/exposure screening required on the day of the visit. (These earlier dates do not require the extra testing/vaccination documentation that the state requires for a larger event such as Commencement.)

Celebration Toolkit

Looking for Naz Class of 2021 printable signs/banners, Zoom backgrounds, or social media badges and templates? Celebration Toolkit »


Would an infant or lap-sitting child count as one of my two permitted guests?
What if one of my guests can't wear a mask?
What if a guest doesn’t use email?
Will masks be available at the entrance welcome station, or must people bring their own?
What if I registered my two GTC guests but now need to make a change?
Who registers any additional guests who want to be on campus on Commencement day: the student or the guest?
Goodwell Nzou

Commencement 2021 Speaker Goodwell Nzou '15

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Are you on the list?

Please check: This list includes all students approved to participate in a 2021 commencement ceremony, sorted alphabetically by legal last name.

If you are a student expecting to graduate but are missing from the list, please email with your full name and Naz ID number, so we can check your status. This list will be continually updated by the Registrar's Office as additional students are approved.

The Registrar's Office must verify all requirements are met before degree conferral.