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Graduation information

Saturday, July 18, 2020
10 a.m.
Salzman Stadium

When talking with each of you on the phone this spring, many of you told me you were hoping to have an in-person graduation. I’m extremely glad to say that we are now able to make this hope a reality! We are excited to announce Bluffton University will host an in-person Commencement ceremony on campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Salzman Stadium.
President Jane Wood
June 19, 2020

Each graduate will receive a limited number of tickets for guests. Plans are being made to ensure social distancing for faculty, graduates and guests. Commencement will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.


8-9 a.m. Graduates arrive on campus and check-in at Founders Gym. After July 6, and based on RSVPs, graduates will be assigned staggered arrival times to manage capacity at check-in.
9:15 a.m. Graduates arrive in Sommer Center. You will have the opportunity to take a formal photo and then will line up with your classmates to process out 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

If you have any questions about the schedule, contact Claire Clay at

Commencement RSVP

While attendance at Commencement is a requirement for graduation, we recognize that this commencement is being held at a different time/date and that you may have circumstances that prevent you from participating

If you are unable to attend, please RSVP “no” and the Academic Affairs office will contact you by email. Diplomas and tassels will be sent to graduates who are unable to return to campus for commencement.

RSVPs are due July 1.
Are you planning to attend in-person Commencement on Saturday, July 18?
How many guests will you bring to Commencement?
The number of tickets requested will be mailed to your permanent address.
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?
If you choose yes, a small green ribbon will be placed on your gown for Commencement as a symbol of your commitment to the pledge.


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:

  • 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 graduates and guests who are or become ill between now and Saturday, July 18, are encouraged to celebrate via livestream.
  • All faculty and staff will be required to wear facial coverings
  • Requesting all graduates and guests wear facial coverings if they are unable to maintain a six-foot distance from another guest

    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:

If you have any questions, please contact Elaine Suderman at

Dr. David Yost

Dr. David Yost

Dr. David Yost, a 1983 Bluffton graduate who worked with the CDC tracking the Ebola outbreak in 2014, will be the commencement speaker.