Commencement 2021 Vaccine & Testing Protocols

Lawrence University will require all students participating in the in-person Commencement ceremony on June 13, 2021, to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 immunization at least 2 weeks prior the ceremony. Those graduates who are unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at least 2 weeks prior are required to receive a negative COVID-19 test before ceremony on June 13. Lawrence recommends that all guests attending Commencement also be fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks or be tested before attending. 

Graduates living or learning on campus during Spring Term 2021 are required to attend surveillance testing on June 7 in the Wellness Center gym if they have not been fully vaccinated for 2 weeks. They will continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 until Commencement and notify Wellness Services (wellnessservices@lawrence.edu) if any symptoms develop.

All individuals attending the in-person Commencement ceremony are asked to exercise caution and follow mitigation strategies for 14 days before Commencement. If you exhibit symptoms of COVID-19, you should not attend Commencement. Graduates living or learning on campus should email wellnessservices@lawrence.edu as soon as possible if they are symptomatic. 

Graduates returning to campus for the in-person Commencement ceremony who are not fully vaccinated for at least 2 weeks must receive a negative COVID-19 test. Graduates should be tested no sooner than June 7. This test should be done off campus, and students need to submit documentation of their results to Wellness Services at wellessservices@lawrence.edu before June 11. PCR and antigen tests will be accepted. If graduates are unable to be tested, they should contact wellnessservices@lawrence.edu for further instruction.

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