Ohio Wesleyan University will celebrate its Classes of 2021 and 2020 with a May 29 commencement ceremony. Tickets will be required to attend, but the event will be streamed live online for anyone to view. (Photo by Reilly Wright ’20)

Commence Celebrating

Ohio Wesleyan Announces Plans for May 29 Graduation Ceremony

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – “Commencement is back!” Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones announced today, sharing preliminary plans for a May 29 graduation celebration honoring the Classes of 2021 and 2020.

“The graduates from each of these classes are united by their resilience in the face of unprecedented challenges, and it is fitting that we can honor their achievements on what will be an historic day on the Ohio Wesleyan campus,” Jones, Ph.D., said in emails to the seniors, young alumni, and campus community.

Details including the exact time of commencement still are being finalized, Jones said, but the ceremony will be held in Selby Stadium to enable more guests to attend while maintaining physical distancing and other safe practices.

“We anticipate that each graduate will be able to invite up to two to four guests. The final total will be determined by health and safety guidelines,” Jones said, noting that all participants will need to pre-register. “We know how important it is that you are able to celebrate this remarkable milestone with your family and friends.”

To enable all loved ones to watch the ceremony no matter where they are, Ohio Wesleyan will stream commencement live and archive it online for on-demand viewing anytime. For the latest event updates, visit owu.edu/commencement.


Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more undergraduate majors than many universities its size and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.