Unique Commencement

On Saturday, May 22, 2021, history was made at LMCU Ballpark in Grand Rapids. After a 364-day delay, Calvin University’s Class of 2020 returned for its formal Commencement ceremony. It marked the first time degrees with the name Calvin “University” on them were conferred, it was the 100th conferring of baccalaureate degrees in Calvin’s 145-year history, and it also marked the first time students in the Calvin Prison Initiative were awarded bachelor’s degrees. The Class of 2021, which also finished its final year of college during a pandemic, celebrated as the second half of this unique double header. In total, more than 1,600 graduates participated either in-person or online between the two ceremonies.

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