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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will confer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees during Summer 2020 Commencement on Friday, Aug. 7, at Cajun Field.

The ceremony will begin at 7:30 p.m. Commencement ceremonies are typically held at the Cajundome. Summer 2020 Commencement, however, will be held outside because of bans on large gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Safety will be a focus.

  • Seating for graduates and spectators will be arranged to ensure social distancing.
  • Up to four family members or friends of graduates who have reserved tickets can attend the ceremony.
  • Guests and graduates will be required to wear masks.
  • Sanitizing stations where attendees can find disinfectant will be set up.

Guests should enter the Cajun Field parking lot via West Congress Street through Gate 4. They will be able to begin filing into the stadium at 6:30 p.m. through gates C and D.

Graduates should enter the Cajun Field parking lot via Reinhardt Drive through Gate 5. They will gather near the athletic complex to line up.

Dr. Dianne Olivier will be Commencement speaker. Olivier is coordinator of the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Foundations and Leadership in the College of Education. She holds the Joan D. and Alexander S. Haig/BORSF Endowed Professorship in Education.

Her research interests include professional learning communities, educational leadership, change process and school culture. Olivier is a Jackson Scholar Mentor for minority doctoral students through the University Council for Educational Administration.

The University’s clear bag policy will be in place. Attendees can carry one small, clear bag and one small purse or clutch. University Police officers will examine bags and purses.

UL Lafayette holds Commencement three times a year, at the end of the fall, spring and summer semesters.

The Summer 2020 Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Facebook page and the Cajundome's website.

Share your story with family and friends by using the #ragingrads hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

Follow the University's @ULLafayette and @RaginGraduation Instagram accounts and Twitter account for photos of the event.

Visit the University’s Commencement website for gifs and gif stickersdesktop and phone wallpapers, and downloadable Instagram story templates.

Learn more about Summer 2020 Commencement

Photo caption: The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will hold Summer 2020 Commencement on Friday, Aug. 7, at Cajun Field. Photo credit: Doug Dugas / University of Louisiana at Lafayette