March 23 Update: Commencement and Regalia Update, Drinking Fountains, and Vaccines for Students Who Want One

March 23, 2021 |

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16–18)

Spring is officially here in Cedarville, and it’s good to see students outside and enjoying the sunshine and warmer weather! We enjoyed our first full week worshipping together back in Jeremiah Chapel, and we’re excited to host another visit event for prospective students this Friday. We are grateful to God that we’re experiencing small steps toward returning to normal. This week’s update includes:

  • Commencement update, including schedule by department/school
  • Regalia ordering clarification
  • Drinking fountains are back on!
  • Optional vaccinations for students

Commencement Update – Below is the schedule for class of 2021 undergraduate commencement ceremonies by department/school:

  • May 1 at 10 a.m.:
    • Business Administration
    • Education
    • Engineering and Computer Science
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
    • Nursing
  • May 1 at 2 p.m.:
    • Allied Health
    • Art, Design, and Theatre
    • Biblical and Theological Studies
    • Communication
    • English, Literature, and Modern Languages
    • History and Government
    • Music and Worship
    • Pharmacy
    • Psychology
    • Science and Mathematics
    • Social Work

Attempts were made to keep siblings and spouses in the same ceremony. The registrar’s office will contact those who still have a sibling or spouse in a different ceremony to confirm that they may switch to the alternate program, if desired. The commencement service for the class of 2020 and master’s and doctoral graduates from the class of 2021 will be Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m., with the Senior Celebration at 9 p.m. Continue to check for updates.

As a private Christian university, Cedarville’s commencement events will be religious services, including prayer, worship, and a clear presentation of the Gospel.

Regalia Clarification – We’d like to clear up some apparent confusion regarding regalia for commencement:

  • Class of 2021 – Regalia orders for the class of 2021 were submitted through the Google forms document you received in February. Orders were sent to Jostens and will be on campus for distribution at the Senior Party on April 20. There is no further action required on your part.
  • Class of 2020 – Members of the class of 2020 should order their regalia directly through the Jostens website for direct shipment to their home. The deadline for ordering regalia for the class of 2020 is March 25.

Drinking Fountains – We are excited to report that all drinking fountains across campus have been turned back on, just in time for warmer weather.

Vaccines – Ohio’s Gov. Mike DeWine has announced that starting March 29, all those 16 and older are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine in Ohio. Cedar Care Village Pharmacy will continue to have appointments as their supply allows. Before scheduling an appointment, students should keep in mind that if they require a second dose, it has to be administered at the same location as the first. If they are not able to return to Cedar Care in 28 days after their first dose, they should wait until they return home to receive the vaccine. As previously announced, Cedarville is not requiring students to get vaccinated.

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  • Heather Boyle says:

    Has a location been set for the overflow? Will that just be streamed as well?

    • Sarah says:

      Hello Heather! Each graduate will receive four tickets in the field house and three tickets for an overflow location. All three commencements will be livestreamed.

  • Julie Baird says:

    Will the commencement ceremonies be live streamed?

  • Peter Schulz says:

    Which version of the Covid vaccine is Cedar Care going to be administering?

    • Kelly says:

      Hello Peter! It can vary as the state is the one that provides Cedar Care with one manufacturer of the COVID-19 vaccine on a weekly basis. Most weeks they have been receiving the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.