The Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 both graduated amidst the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, each class celebrating from home via virtual commencement ceremonies. Now that in-person events have returned to campus, University President Ron Liebowitz has announced plans for the school’s first in-person commencement ceremony in two years to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2022. In addition, he is welcoming the past two cohorts of graduates back to Brandeis for a long-awaited in-person graduation celebration.

Liebowitz shared the news about Commencement in a community-wide email and a video announcement on Monday, Nov. 22. Both the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2022 and the ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2022.

“I’m reaching out with an exciting announcement, one that many of you have been waiting for,” Liebowitz said in the video, addressing the recent University graduates. “You are all invited to return to campus this spring to celebrate your commencement with us and with one another, live and in person.” He continued, “I’m grateful for the resilience, flexibility and resolve you demonstrated during your final year at Brandeis and in the time since.”

Liebowitz added that the official invitation for this celebration will be sent out to the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in December. Details about the day will be added to the Commencement webpage as they are finalized.