Commencement 2021/2020: The Photo Gallery
The 161st Commencement ceremony took place on May 26, 2021, celebrating the classes of both 2021 and 2020, who missed a commencement due to the pandemic.
The day began at 8am with COVID-19 rapid tests to ensure all participants were negative for the virus. Students went through the Great Hall in small groups to cross the stage and be honored. Two guests per student were allowed inside. After each cohort the hall was cleared and cleaned. After their ceremony each group moved to the Bowery Hotel for a reception that likewise had to be cleared and cleaned between groups. The result was a ceremony that took place over eight hours and was unlike any other.
Photos by Joao Enxuto/The Cooper Union (*) and Marget Long/The Cooper Union (**) where indicated.