Message 2: If you want to attend Eastman Commencement on Sunday May 23

May 12, 2021

Dear Eastman Faculty and Staff,

This is message #2 of 2 messages I am sending about plans for the Eastman School of Music commencement ceremonies.

  • Eastman doctoral recipients (DMA, PhD) will have their in-person ceremony on Friday, May 21.  There is currently no open invitation for in-person participation by Eastman faculty and staff.
  • The Eastman undergraduates and master’s students (BM, MM, MA) will have one in-person ceremony on Sunday morning, May 23, starting at 9 am.  Kodak Hall has been approved for a maximum commencement attendance of 230 persons.

To attend in person on Sunday morning will require either (1) being fully vaccinated, or (2) taking a PCR covid test on May 20 with a subsequent negative result.  Here are the steps to take:

  1. For either option, first send an RSVP by Friday May 14 to the Registrar’s Office to indicate your interest in attending the Eastman ceremony on May 23.  Send your message to, or write directly to Terry Magee ( or Jenne LaPlaca (
  2. If you are fully vaccinated and want to attend the commencement ceremony:
    1. Upload proof of your vaccination to (this is the portal where Health History Forms are normally sent).
    2. When you upload the proof of vaccination, your name will be sent to UHS and the Concert Office.  Your name will be on an approved list.
    3. Use the Oval Lobby entrance to check in for the ceremony.
  3. If you are not fully vaccinated and want to attend the commencement ceremony:
    1. You must write to the Registrar’s Office by Friday May 14 saying that you want to attend and that you will need a PCR covid test.  Include your legal name and birthdate in that message.
    2. Arrangements are being made for this testing to occur at the Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center on River Road, through the Med Center’s Employee Health.  Specific start/end times for this will be sent as soon as the schedule is set up; no appointment will be needed.  Ample parking is available there.

Finally, there is no reason for faculty members to wear regalia because you would not participate in a processional or be seated on or near the stage.  No regalia will be ordered for faculty as we have done in past years.  If you have your own personal regalia and wish to wear it to the ceremony for photographs with students, that is acceptable (although we highly recommend doing that at another day and time). 

If you have further questions, please consult the Registrar’s Office.

Donna Brink Fox

Senior Associate Dean