From the DOU: Graduating students, please read: Important updates

Academic Quad

Dear undergraduate students -

Congratulations on reaching the end of classes. It has been a memorable year in so many ways, I hope each of you has a smooth path through final exams.

For those of you who will participate in commencement ceremonies next month, please continue to check-in regularly with for updated information on the ceremony. I am writing today because there are a few updates I wanted to call your attention to:

First, we have established a mask policy specific to commencement events. Due to the crowded nature of Rice Commencement Ceremonies, all guests will be required to wear face masks when entering and moving about the Rice Stadium, particularly when entering and exiting main gates and walking through concourses. Masks may be removed only when seated in your own group to watch the ceremony. Please note, while we recently announced that masks are generally not required outdoors on the Rice campus, a notable exception is when persons are not able to physically distance themselves from others.

Mask Policy for Graduates: Prior to the start of commencement ceremonies, graduates will gather in the West Quad (additional details to follow). All graduates are required to wear a mask when gathering together in the West Quad for organizing and line up prior to the start of the procession. Provided that they maintain three feet of distance from others, graduates can remove their masks once the procession begins and remain unmasked through the conclusion of the ceremony. While in Rice Stadium, maintain an appropriate distance from others when walking on the stadium field and across the stage to receive your degree.

We all look forward to an enjoyable Commencement, and we appreciate you and your guests maintaining physical distancing and masking protocols throughout the event.

The schedule for the Sallyport walk-through events is complete, for both Class of 2021 and 2020 graduates.

Walk-Through Schedule for Class of 2021 (Friday, May 14), by Residential College

Baker: 9:00 am

Will Rice: 9:15 am

Hanszen: 9:30 am

Wiess: 9:45 am

Jones: 10:00 am

Brown: 10:15 am

Lovett: 10:30 am

Sid Rich: 10:45 am

Martel: 11:00 am

McMurtry: 11:15 am

Duncan: 11:30 am

After gathering together in their respective colleges, each college will process toward the academic quadrangle. Each college should gather in the center of the academic quadrangle five minutes prior to their scheduled walk-through time.

Walk -Through Schedule for Class of 2020 (Saturday, May 15), by Residential College

Baker: 1:30 pm

Will Rice: 1:45 pm

Hanszen: 2:00 pm

Wiess: 2:15 pm

Jones: 2:30 pm

Brown: 2:45 pm

Lovett: 3:00 pm

Sid Rich: 3:15 pm

Martel: 3:30 pm

McMurtry: 3:45 pm

Duncan: 4:00 pm

Returning students should gather in the central academic quad 15 minutes prior to the scheduled walk-through time for their college, near Fondren library.

You can reach my office at with any questions.

Best wishes,

Bridget Gorman, Dean of Undergraduates