The university intends to return to fully in-person instruction for fall 2021 without a remote option. We are committed to guaranteeing housing for all students. Likewise, we anticipate athletics returning to a full intercollegiate schedule, adhering to NCAA and conference guidelines. In accordance with U.S. State Department and host-country protocols, study-abroad travel will resume for GO programs as well.

As has been the case throughout the pandemic, our planning and decision-making will continue to focus on the health and safety of our students and employees, and we recognize that the realities of the pandemic in the fall may require us to adjust those plans. We strongly encourage most members of our campus community to be vaccinated by the start of the fall semester, allowing us to return to fully in-person instruction, which is a hallmark of a Susquehanna education.

Updated May 27, 2021

Spring 2021 Events and Athletics


Susquehanna University will host in-person and on-campus Commencement ceremonies in May.

  • Class of 2021: Saturday–Sunday, May 15–16
  • Class of 2020: Saturday, May 22

If you have questions about Commencement, please call the Office of Event Management at 570-372-4354 or email


  • All events will be virtual unless specifically approved by Risk Management.


  • The Landmark Conference President's Council as well as Susquehanna endorsed a plan to conduct collegiate competition for its varsity and club fall and spring student-athletes during the 2021 spring semester.
  • As a precaution for the health and safety of our student-athletes and our campus community, spectators — other than current SU students following protocols — are prohibited at home athletics contests for the remainder of the spring 2021 semester.
  • Spectators should refrain from traveling to the campus to watch athletics contests from anywhere on university grounds, and instead take advantage of watching live-streamed games.
  • Most River Hawks spring sports will be streamed via the Landmark Digital Network. Game updates and recaps will be available through and the athletics department's social media: Facebook (Susquehanna.Riverhawks), Instagram (@gosusqu), and Twitter (@GOsusqU).

Spring 2021 Semester

View the full spring academic calendar here.

Jan. 25, Monday
Classes begin, 8 a.m.

Feb. 16, Tuesday
One-day break from classes and labs

March 10, Wednesday
One-day break from classes and labs

March 12, Friday
End of first 7-week courses

March 15, Monday         
Start of second 7-week courses

April 14, Wednesday
One-day break from classes and labs

May 4, Tuesday
Classes end, 10 p.m.

May 5, Wednesday
Reading Day

May 6-7, 10-11, Thursday-Friday/Monday-Tuesday
Final examinations

May 12-14, Wednesday-Friday
Senior Week

May 15-16, Saturday-Sunday
Conferring of degrees
Commencement Ceremony (pending federal and state health guidelines)

Staggered Class Start Times

As an added measure of health and safety, we staggered the start times of classes this spring. Classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are staggered by 5 minutes and classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays are staggered by 15 or 20 minutes. This will help us better practice physical distancing and is one of the many steps we are taking to try to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak to ensure an on-campus semester.