Graduation 2020

Graduation information

Saturday, May 8, 2021
10 a.m.
Salzman Stadium

Each graduate will receive up to two printed tickets for their guests through campus mail or mailed to their permanent address. Guests MUST have a ticket in order to enter the event. RSVPs are due by April 23. The event will be livestreamed for all family and friends.

If you have questions, please contact Claire Clay at


8-9 a.m. Graduates arrive on campus and check-in. Graduates will be assigned staggered arrival times to manage capacity at check-in.
9:15 a.m. Graduates arrive to Sommer Center. You will have the opportunity to take a formal photo and then will line up with classmates to process to Salzman Stadium.
9:30 a.m. Stadium gate opens for guests. Seating is first come, first served; however, guests must adhere to the designating seating areas to ensure safe social distancing practices.
10 a.m. Ceremony begins
12:30 p.m. Stadium closes


Arrival and parking

Graduates will be required to wear a facial covering (mask or face shield) while on campus.

Specific arrival times and locations will be announced later.

Graduates will have the opportunity to take a formal graduation photo in Sommer Center. Graduates will also have their photo taken with President Wood while on staging receiving their diploma. Please be sure to look for the professional photographer in front of the stage! 

Parking will be available in the lots near the stadium (parking map). When you arrive on campus, please remain in your car until a staff member comes to welcome you into the stadium. This allows us to maintain a smaller number of people gathered in one area at a time. If you need accessible parking, you may use these lots or the small lot on the north end of the stadium, just off Augsburger Road.

Entering the stadium
The entrance to the stadium opens at 9:30 a.m. Guests should remain in their cars until a staff member releases them to the gate. Printed tickets MUST be presented to enter the stadium. No exceptions. The entrance will be closed at 10:15 a.m. Please follow directional signs and directions given by staff as this will help us maintain social distancing protocols.

Safety precautions
This ceremony will take place outside where temperatures can reach up to or higher than 90 degrees. This ceremony will take place rain or shine unless serious inclement weather deems the location unsafe. Guests are welcome to bring umbrellas for use in the stadium.

All guests will be required to wear a facial covering (mask or face shield) while on campus.

If you have questions about Commencement, please contact Claire Clay at


Safety guidelines

Please note that in order to hold in-person commencement services, the university must take the following safety precautions in accordance with guidelines set by the Governor of Ohio, and in collaboration with the Allen County Department of Health.

Allen County, Ohio, is a Level 3 (Red) county per Governor Mike DeWine’s Ohio Public Health Advisory System. This means Bluffton University falls under a health order with specific guidelines we must follow while in public spaces. 

All graduates and guests are REQUIRED to wear a facial covering (mask or shield) while on campus.

  • All faculty and staff will be required to perform a symptom assessment prior to arriving on campus
  • All graduates and guests will be encouraged to perform a symptom assessment prior to arriving on campus
  • All faculty and staff will be required to wear facial coverings

    Please note: family members living in the same household are not required to social distance from each other
  • Salzman Stadium will close immediately after the conclusion of the ceremony to limit congregation

Full guidelines


This form should be submitted by the graduate.

All graduates are required to attend Commencement. However, we recognize you may have circumstances that prevent you from participating. If you are unable to attend, please RSVP “no” below, and email Elaine Suderman at sudermane@bluffton with the reason and requesting to be excused.
Are you planning to attend Commencement on May 8, 2021?
Your guests
Your guests must have tickets to enter.
How many guests will you bring to Commencement?
How would you like to receive your tickets?
Do any of your guests require accessible seating?
Each graduate has the opportunity to accept the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which reads: "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work."
Do you choose to accept this pledge?