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Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021 is scheduled virtually for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Event details can be found below. In the coming weeks we will continue to work with undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2021, including the senior class cabinet, to make sure that the virtual ceremony appropriately honors their many achievements. This page will be updated regularly as new details are made available. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact the Commencement Office at

Last Updated: Feb. 16, 2021

Commencement FAQs

Will there be any in-person events to celebrate Commencement?

No, due to the ongoing pandemic and restrictions on event occupancy, the 2021 Commencement ceremony will be held virtually.

Why did Bentley decide to hold Commencement 2021 virtually?

When Commencement plans were announced in September, we noted that Massachusetts would need to be in Phase IV of the state's reopening plan with vaccination widely available to the public. With the state currently in Phase III Step 1, the timeline for entering Phase IV is too uncertain to move forward with an in-person event. Additionally, we expect that many of Massachusetts’s safe travel guidelines will remain in place through the spring, making a trip to Waltham with appropriate advance quarantine particularly difficult for off-campus students and visiting families. We are announcing this now to ensure families are able to cancel any travel and hotel plans and recoup any associated costs.

How were students involved in this decision-making process?

The Commencement planning team has worked closely with members of the student body including the senior class cabinet to ensure the virtual ceremony appropriately honors the many achievements of the Class of 2021. At their thoughtful suggestion, the event has been moved a week later to May 8 to ensure students have the chance to return home to celebrate with their family and friends in a safe environment. 

When will the link to the virtual ceremony be available?

The virtual event link will be emailed to all graduates in the week before the ceremony as well as on the morning of the ceremony. The homepage of will also livestream the event on May 8. After the ceremony is over, a link of the recorded ceremony will be shared with all graduates and their families.

Who can attend the virtual ceremony?

We encourage all graduates to invite their families and friends to view. 

Will the ceremony be recorded and available afterwards?

 Yes, the ceremony will be recorded and available soon after the livestream. 

When will my degree be conferred?

Degrees will be conferred during the virtual ceremony on Saturday, May 8.

When will I receive my diploma? 

Diplomas will be mailed by a third-party vendor a few weeks after the May 8 ceremony.  

How do I purchase a cap and gown?

All graduates will receive a mortarboard and commemorative tassel compliments of the university. If you would like to purchase a gown and hood, details for ordering will be shared soon.

Will graduates individually be recognized?

Yes, each graduate will be properly recognized. More details will be shared closer to the date.

Whom should I contact if I have Commencement-related questions?

The Commencement Office is happy to assist with any questions. Please email