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Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 304-691-8725 or the Office of Research and Graduation Education at 304-696-7399 for additional information.

Graduation & Investiture

The Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine celebrates the graduation and investiture of its Doctor of Medicine (MD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Medicine-Doctor of Philosophy (MD/PhD) candidates with an annual commencement ceremony each spring.

Due to continuing pandemic protocols, additional restrictions will be in place so that graduates, faculty and guests can maintain proper social distancing and safely enjoy the ceremony together.

  • Masks are required for all students, faculty and guests.
  • Guests must have a ticket to enter and must sit in their assigned seats.

41st Annual Graduation & Investiture Ceremony
Friday, April 30, 2021

4 p.m.
Joan C. Edwards Stadium
2001 Third Avenue, Huntington, West Virginia


Free parking is available for this event in the West Lot of the Joan C. Edwards Stadium, accessible from 20th Street and Third Avenue. Parking is also available on a first come, first serve basis in the Third Avenue parking garage, across from the Cam Henderson Center.

Arrival Times

Graduating students may enter through Gates A and B on the west side of the stadium for both the rehearsal and ceremony. Students should report to the ramp on the northwest corner of the stadium upon arrival. The mandatory walk-through for students begins at 9 a.m. Gates open at 8 a.m. for rehearsal.

The ceremony begins promptly at 4 p.m. Students should arrive no later than 3 p.m. for the ceremony.


Guests may enter through Gates A and B on the west side of the stadium. Gates will open for the ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

To maintain proper social distancing, tickets will be required for entry. Each graduating student will receive 10 tickets. This includes the ticket for the graduate. Tickets will be distributed through the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Research and Graduation Education.

All guests will be seated on the west side of the stadium; please sit in your assigned seats. All bags will be searched upon entry. No weapons of any kind are permitted on the premises. Strollers, car seats and umbrellas are NOT permitted in the stadium.

No re-entry (even with a ticket) will be permitted. Once you leave the stadium, you will NOT be permitted to re-enter.

Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities

Handicap or mobility-challenged individuals will have ADA seating available. If you or a guest need ADA accommodations, please contact Cindy Obregon at or 304-691-8725 prior to the ceremony so that we may make proper arrangements for you/your guest. 


School of Medicine faculty are welcome to attend the ceremony. Due to COVID-19, there will not be a faculty procession this year or faculty hooders. To minimize contact, one hooder has been designated for PhD graduates and one hooder has been designated for MD graduates. 

Participating faculty and staff will be seated on the field and must enter through the Shewey building (Third Avenue).

Regalia IS required for faculty participation. A ticket is NOT required for faculty entry for those dressed in regalia. For more information, please contact Tami Fletcher in the Dean’s Office at or 304-691-1701. 

Academic Attire

All candidates participating in the ceremony are required to purchase Marshall University regalia, including caps and gowns. For assistance, please contact Office of Student Affairs at 304-691-8725 or the Office of Research and Graduation Education at 304-696-7399.

For your safety, stiletto heels are NOT permitted on the field turf. Flat shoes are recommended.

Ceremony Information

In the case of rain, there will be a 30-minute delay. In the case of lightening, all must exit the stadium to their cars for a 30-minute delay. If the weather persists or worsens, the ceremony will be canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Students and guests may bring one unopened bottle of water per person no larger than 16.9 ounces into the stadium. Water will also be available for purchase at the concession stands; no other concessions will be available.

Following their hooding, students will not return to the field. They may enter the stands to sit with their families or leave the stadium.

Due to COVID-19, the reception following the ceremony has been canceled for 2021.

Photography & Videography

University photographers will photograph degree candidates throughout the ceremony, including the hooding of each graduate. Photos of the ceremony will be available for free download at no more than two weeks following the ceremony.

Family and friends will not be permitted on the field or the stage for photo opportunities. We encourage families to take their own videos and photographs from their seats throughout the ceremony. Additional locations throughout Huntington that provide a lovely background for graduation photos include: Ritter Park, Harris Riverfront Park, the front lawn of Old Main (Hal Greer Blvd.), Pullman Square, buffalo statues (Third Avenue between the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute and University’s Hall of Fame).  


For family and friends unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live at and These videos will also remain archived for viewing at a later date.