In an email sent to graduating ANU students, the University appears to have confirmed that this year’s graduation will be in person, and not exclusively online. Each student attending can also bring two other guests, the same number as prior to the pandemic. The ANU also stated that students are free to attend other ANU graduations if they did fall ill. This suggests there is not a capacity limit on the number of attendees.
The decision follows a number of delays to previous graduations since 2020. In February 2021, there was a hybrid Grand Graduation celebration for all students in 2020, though the July 2021 graduation was canceled due to the Delta outbreak.
It also comes as the ANU appears to embrace a physical return to campus. ANUSA’s most recent update mentioned in-person activities in O-Week, and the Vice-Chancellor shared in his blog that in Semester One, the University aims to run most classes in-person with virtual options as needed. This is despite an indoor mask mandate and nearly 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 in the ACT as of January 24, 2022.