Duke will be inviting all seniors and students who graduated early to the May 2 in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021, President Vincent Price wrote in a Wednesday email to undergraduates.
A March 2 announcement by Price originally stated that only those who participated in regular COVID-19 surveillance testing this spring would be able to attend. Several students formed a petition in opposition to this policy.
"I am pleased to announce that—given the recent public health trends and the increased availability of vaccines—we are now able to invite all remote undergraduate seniors and undergraduates who completed the requirements for their studies in the fall or winter of 2020 to return for the in-person commencement ceremony," Price wrote in the email.
Wednesday’s announcement did not include new information about whether families or friends of graduates will be able to attend. They were not invited in the March 2 announcement.