LAS VEGAS – The format of spring 2021 commencement ceremonies for Nevada’s colleges and universities will be determined by each institution’s president according to a memorandum issued this week by Nevada System of Higher Education Chancellor Melody Rose.
“NSHE institutions may schedule limited in-person ceremonies, virtual ceremonies, drive-thru ceremonies or a hybrid combination of the above or other creative ceremonies to ensure that students, families, friends, and faculty have a meaning graduation experience celebrating their achievements,” the memorandum stated.
The announcement comes days after Gov. Steve Sisolak’s phased reopening plan permitted public gatherings and events of 250 individuals, or up to 50% of fire code capacity. By May 1, that plan will transition control of crowd restrictions to local authority.
Despite expressing optimism that some ceremonies may be able to take place, Rose was cautious, noting that resurgence of the coronavirus could occur and vaccination efforts still have a way to go.