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Dr. Pat Robertson, Regent University's Founder, Chancellor & CEO, during its commencement ceremony.

Regent University Will Celebrate Virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 8, 2021

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA (March 8, 2021) – On Saturday, May 8, 2021, Regent University will celebrate its 41st commencement ceremony in a virtual format with live-streamed events at We are preparing a wonderful program that will honor the incredible achievements of each graduate. We are so proud of our Regent graduates, and we are thrilled to celebrate the Class of 2021!  

The decision to conduct a second virtual commencement was not made lightly. However, this decision reflects our steadfast commitment to protecting the health and safety of the entire Regent community, as well as to honor guidance and directives from Virginia’s Governor Ralph Northam. Regent University officials are working diligently with Governor Northam’s officials in the Virginia Department of Education to implement the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 guidelines. The challenge remains around travel advisories and the size of gatherings permitted by the Commonwealth of Virginia, which precludes us from being able to host a ceremony that families and friends can attend. Although certain outdoor sports and entertainment venues may begin to operate at increased capacity, this does not include commencement ceremonies, according to the most recent guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

We recognize that this news may be disappointing for many of you. Every graduate has worked tirelessly to reach this milestone, and we wish that we could celebrate with each of you in person. We will work faithfully to make this commencement special and memorable. You are – and always will be – our Regent family, and we are thrilled to celebrate your graduation!

We will do everything we can to honor the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in person once all COVID-19 restrictions and safeguards are lifted. We eagerly anticipate the day when we can all celebrate together on campus.

To signify the great joy and significance of commencement, each Regent graduate will receive a complimentary graduation package in the mail. Ceremonies will be streamed online so that graduates, friends, and families can participate from all over the world. We encourage families and loved ones to support each graduate and celebrate their remarkable accomplishments together.

Here are some important details to help you prepare for commencement:




  • All events will be conducted online. Graduates, families, and friends will not need to attend any events on campus.
  • Regalia is not required, but graduates who wish to purchase a cap & gown may order them online by April 15, 2021 at
  • Graduates who have submitted graduation applications for spring and summer 2021 will hear from the Registrar’s Office to confirm their preferred diploma name by April 7, 2021.
  • Graduates will receive their official diploma by mail. Official university diplomas will be mailed to graduates 4-6 weeks after the degree has been officially conferred.
  • Commissioning ceremonies will be streamed online on Friday, May 7, 2021. For more information, visit
  • Check the commencement webpage for regular updates. For more information,

To the Class of 2021, we love you, we are proud of you, and we are always cheering you on.


Founded in 1977, Regent University is America’s premier Christian university with more than 11,000 students studying on its 70-acre campus in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and online around the world. The university offers associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 150+ areas of study including business, communication and the arts, counseling, cybersecurity, divinity, education, government, law, leadership, nursing, healthcare and psychology. Regent University, ranked among top national universities (U.S. News & World Report, 2020), is one of only 23 universities nationally to receive an “A” rating for its comprehensive liberal arts core curriculum.