The University of Portland announced plans for a virtual commencement ceremony honoring the graduating class of 2021, which will be held Sunday, May 9, at 1 p.m.  

The decision to hold an online event is driven by COVID-19 pandemic precautions limiting events with large crowds. University officials hope to provide an in-person celebration of its 2021 graduates in the future. Last year’s spring commencement ceremony was also held virtually due to pandemic concerns.

“While we are disappointed that holding an in-person graduation will not be possible, we look forward to producing a virtual commencement ceremony that pays proper tribute to our graduates and their families,” said Holy Cross Father Mark Poorman, president of the university.

The university also announced the recipient for its Christus Magister Medal: Mercy Sister Marilyn Lacey. Jesuit Father Greg Boyle will receive an honorary doctorate from the university and serve as the year’s commencement speaker. The other honorary doctorate recipients include Carlos Kalmar, Carol Ann Mooney and Gil Muñoz.