Frequently Asked Questions
Brandeis will honor the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 with an in-person event at a future date. Members of both classes are also welcome to attend and walk in any future Commencement ceremony.
The main Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 23, 2021 will be accessible via Zoom, though the university has also planned a number of in-person initiatives to mark the occasion of students' graduation.
Graduating students, families, faculty and staff will need to register to join the event as an attendee. Registration information will be provided in May.
Graduating students do not need to register for diploma ceremonies. They will be added as panelists within Zoom and sent a unique link to join as a panelist. This panelist link is just for the student to join and should NOT be shared with family members or friends.
Yes, family and friends are welcome to attend the virtual ceremonies. Students have received Zoom registration links for diploma ceremonies that they may privately share with up to four parties.
Ceremonies have been scheduled with several considerations in mind, including not overlapping where possible to accommodate students with multiple majors; allowing for maximum participation across multiple time zones; accessibility; staff resources and department preferences.
Media Technology Services has taken several steps to ensure the security of ceremonies against Zoom bombing, but community members should take care to only share links with verified persons.
Starting in April, seniors will be treated to in-person and virtual games, outdoor gatherings, and giveaways. There will also be an opportunity to make an appointment for professional graduation photos to be shot at key outdoor landmarks on campus. In-person celebrations (with appropriate physical distancing) will occur before residence halls close on May 17 to enable as many seniors as possible to participate. View the complete schedule of activities and events for seniors on the Student Activities website.
Brandeis will mail diplomas to graduates in June.