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May 6, 2021

SVSU graduates to celebrate Commencement in person Friday; first outdoor ceremonies to be held in Wickes Stadium

More than 700 SVSU graduates have registered to participate in Saginaw Valley State University’s three outdoor commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7. The ceremonies, SVSU’s first-ever outdoor commencement celebrations, will be held in the Harvey Randall Wickes Memorial Stadium. Relocating the ceremonies outdoors provide a safer venue and allows more people to participate in person. 

“I have spoken with a number of our May graduates, and I know how much it means to them to don regalia and hear their name called as they cross the stage,” said SVSU President Donald J. Bachand. “They have overcome much to earn their degrees.” 

The schedule of ceremonies is: 

10 a.m. ― College of Health & Human Services 

1 p.m. ― College of Arts & Behavioral Sciences and College of Education 

4 p.m. ― College of Business and College of Science, Engineering & Technology 

Each graduate may bring two guests who have registered in advance. Health and safety protocols will be observed. SVSU also is providing a live video-stream of each ceremony. Details are available at

Editor’s note: Members of the media are welcome to cover any of the Commencement ceremonies and speak with graduates and their guests. Please follow SVSU health and safety guidelines, such as wearing a mask when coming within 6 feet of others.  

Prior to or during each ceremony, please call/text Justin Engel at 989-284-4087 for assistance. Following each ceremony, you may call/text J.J. Boehm at 989-295-8225.  

In the event of mild to moderate rain, the ceremony will continue. In the event of severe weather, a ceremony may be postponed until later in the day, or if necessary, rescheduled for Saturday, May 8.