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2021 Pfeiffer University Commencement

May 13-16

Merner Gymnasium

Misenheimer Campus


Pfeiffer University will host in-person Commencement exercises on its main campus:

May 13-15 for December 2020 and May 2021 Graduates (Undergraduate Only)

May 16 for December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020 Graduates


In accordance with executive orders for indoor gatherings set by the State of North Carolina, attendance is limited to four guests for each graduate.

Seating is reserved and will be assigned on a first-registered, first-served basis.

Registration opens April 12 and closes April 25.

Any tickets remaining after April 25 will be awarded, via a lottery, to graduates who indicate an interest in two additional tickets.

Ceremonies are not open to the public but will be livestreamed.

Ceremonies will take place as noted below. Graduates must register for the appropriate Department’s ceremony, indicating the number of guest tickets needed.

Guests must have a ticket to gain admission to a ceremony.

Click the links indicated below for each ceremony’s registration page.

Registration links will be active starting April 12.

See additional event information, including ticket distribution details, here.

May 2020, December 2020 and May 2021 Nursing Graduates

Thursday, May 13 @ 4:00 p.m.

Register here.

December 2020 and May 2021 Social and Behavioral Science Graduates

(Communication, Counseling and Human Services, Criminal Justice, Psychology)

Friday, May 14 @ 7:00 p.m.

Register here.

December 2020 and May 2021 Natural and Health/Exercise Science Graduates

(Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Health Administration, Health & Exercise Science, Mathematics)

Saturday, May 15 @ 9:00 a.m.

Register here.

December 2020 and May 2021 Business Graduates

(Accounting, Business Management & Leadership, Computer Information Systems, Sport Management)

Saturday, May 15 @ 1:00 p.m.

Register here.

December 2020 and May 2021 Education and Humanities Graduates

(Elementary Education, Educational Studies, Special Education, Art, English, History, Religion & Practical Theology, Visual Communication)

Saturday, May 15 @ 4:00 p.m.

Register here.

December 2019, May 2020 and August 2020 Graduates

(All Degrees, All Majors except Nursing)

May 16 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Register here.

Additional Event Information

Commencement exercises are not open to the public but will be livestreamed here.

All graduates and campus guests must agree to follow safety protocols for the ceremony, including wearing masks, social distancing, and temperature checks. By registering, graduates and guests agree to abide by these safety protocols and any additional guidelines in place on the day of the event, established for the safety of all participants.

Each group of four guests will be seated as two sets of two seats. Every attempt will be made to assign adjacent seating for family members, however each set of two seats will be separated by six feet of space for social distancing.

After registration closes on April 25, all remaining tickets will be awarded via a lottery, to graduates indicating interest when registering.

Tickets for May 2021 graduates who are currently enrolled in classes on the Misenheimer campus must be picked up from the Business Office Cashier in the Administration Building, beginning May 3. Tickets for all other graduates will be made available for pick-up at Merner Gymnasium Will Call prior to each ceremony.

All seating is on the gymnasium floor (not in the bleachers). Any accommodations for special needs, including parking, should be communicated via

Guests may park in any campus lot for Commencement. There is no cost to park for this event. Parking lots are indicated on this campus map. There is no need to arrive extremely early as guest seating in the gymnasium is reserved.

Please direct all other inquiries to