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Lasell University Commencement Plans

March 26, 2021

Lasell University graduate in a cap and gown

To the Lasell Community: 

As promised, I am writing to provide an update on our plans for commencement. 

We heard your feedback, loud and clear. Based on your input and the most current federal and state-wide safety practices and protocols, we plan to move forward with in-person, on-campus graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15 on Taylor Field, right here on the Lasell University campus. All three of these events will be held outside, rain or shine.

These ceremonies mark a momentous occasion – not only will we get to celebrate your achievements as Lasell students after months of unprecedented change and uncertainty, but we will do so, for the first time, as a university. 

To the Class of 2020, your patience, tenacity, and perseverance will go down in history alongside your designation as the first class to graduate from Lasell University. 

To the Class of 2021, we all admire your steadfast commitment to keeping our community safe while focusing on finishing your college career. You did this with passion and excitement and for that we thank you. 

Ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

  • Graduate (master’s degree candidates) from both the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will receive their degrees in the evening of Friday, May 14.
  • Undergraduate students from the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 will receive their degrees at separate ceremonies on Saturday, May 15.

At these ceremonies, we will honor longtime Lasell commencement traditions, which include each graduate walking across the stage. 

The State’s Commencement guidelines mandate that we maintain physical distancing and that students must register their attendance in advance of the ceremonies. As part of this registration process, each graduating student will also be able to register two guests to accompany them on the day. Further details on this process will be announced soon. 

With the vaccination process well underway here in Massachusetts and across the country, it is our hope that we will be able to host commencement ceremonies as outlined above. However, should there be an uptick in COVID-19 cases and/or the Commonwealth changes its guidelines allowing for commencements, we will of course have to reconsider these plans to ensure the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff, and guests. To help keep you informed, we will provide updates on Lasell’s commencement exercises here

We look forward to celebrating this incredibly important milestone with you later this spring. 


Michael B. Alexander
President, Lasell University