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Dear Graduating Students,

President Tony Monaco has just announced that, due to the extraordinary efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, the University-wide commencement ceremony will be virtual. 

Please know that the entire community shares in your disappointment in not being able to celebrate this momentous occasion in person. Nevertheless, we plan to commemorate this important milestone and The Fletcher School will hold a virtual celebration on Sunday, May 23, 2021 that will include all the key elements we associate with Fletcher’s Class Day and Commencement Ceremony.  

The Fletcher leadership team has also been exploring scheduling individual photo opportunities with each graduate and Dean Kyte and Academic Dean Gallagher. This would be available for all graduates participating in the university’s COVID-19 testing protocol. Due to state and local crowd limits and social distancing requirements, unfortunately, only our graduates may participate. Friends and family will not be able to join. More details will be forthcoming, and any in-person opportunities are subject to change based on local health conditions and guidelines. 

For our graduating Ph.D. students, we hope to have an in-person hooding ceremony for students in the testing protocol to mark this important occasion, again with limits on participation and required social distancing. The hooding ceremony will strictly adhere to all COVID-19 safety guidelines, occupancy limits, and protocols. More information about the hooding ceremony will be shared with the class in the near future. 

We all look forward to the time when we can come together to celebrate your achievement on our Medford campus. Last year, we informed the class of 2020 that when we did come together we would offer them an opportunity to join in a future commencement celebration. One year on, we are not there yet. That commitment to the class of 2020 still holds, as does a similar commitment to the class of 2021.

With best wishes,

Dean Kyte

Commencement Event Information

Fletcher looks forward to welcoming friends and family of graduates, along with Fletcher alumni, to the virtual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23. 

Schedule of Events for Graduates

Wednesday, May 19

  • 10:00 AM -12:00 PM EDT: Photo op with Dean Kyte and Academic Dean Gallagher in ASEAN auditorium. This is available for all 2021 graduates participating in the university’s COVID-19 testing protocol. Due to state and local crowd limits and social distancing requirements, unfortunately, only our graduates may participate. Friends and family will not be able to join.  
  • 8:00 PM - Trivia

Friday, May 21

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT: Exit meeting (virtual)

Sunday, May 23

  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM EDT: All university commencement ceremony (virtual)
  • 10:00 - 11:30 AM EDT: Fletcher commencement Ceremony (virtual) 
Commencement Keynote Speaker

The Fletcher School is delighted to announce that Mr. Filippo Grandi, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, will deliver The Fletcher School's keynote remarks at our virtual commencement celebration. Read more

Register to Watch the Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Graduating students, family and friends, faculty, staff, and alumni are invited to register to watch the live commencement coverage. Registration will open soon. Tune in on Sunday, May 23 at 10AM EDT!

For those who are unable to tune in live, a recording of the commencement ceremony will be made available following the event. 

Reunion at Alumni Weekend 2021

It's a virtual reunion at alumni weekend! Fletcher alumni are invited to reconnect May 20-22 over a series of social and educational events. Learn more and register.