FARGO — North Dakota State University graduation will take place in-person for the first time in a year, though there will be changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The school announced Friday, Feb. 26, that spring commencement ceremonies would be held May 15 at the Fargodome. NDSU has made adjustments to ensure the safety of students, families and members of the school community, Associate Registrar Jackie Schluchter said in a statement.
“We are working closely with the venue to adjust seating arrangements and ceremony elements,” Schluchter said. “The spirit of the ceremony will remain intact, but logistical details will be altered from our previous ceremonies.”
NDSU and other schools had to cancel in-person graduation ceremonies last year due to COVID-19. Some schools like NDSU held online celebrations.
Coronavirus cases have been on a downward trend in recent months not only across North Dakota but at universities and colleges, North Dakota University System officials said this week. Most public universities in North Dakota have been working toward spring ceremonies where students, family members, faculty, staff and others could attend. NDSU’s spring commencement will be streamed online for those unable to attend.
Students will be allowed to invite four guests, and everyone must wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines.
Students also must RSVP for the ceremony. NDSU will announce ticketing information for guests on a future date.
Doctoral students must wear hoods to the ceremony, as they will not be hooded on stage.
Other than dates, Concordia College and Minnesota State University Moorhead have not announced their graduation plans. Minnesota State Community and Technical College plans to host a virtual ceremony, a spokeswoman said.