A Message to Spring 2020 Graduates
We are aware that you are dealing with many issues right now – adjusting to your online classes, figuring out how to finish internships, theses and capstones, and missing your classmates. We are also aware that many of you are waiting to hear about what the University plans to do about commencement.
We have hesitated to go in the direction of many peers across the country and cancel commencement outright or put it online. Yet, as the weeks tick by, the likelihood that we will be able to come together for a May celebration safely seems more and more unlikely.
Commencement is an important milestone and an opportunity to celebrate all of your achievements with your family and peers. None of us want to cancel it, even if the times demand a delay. So our promise to you is that we will hold a commencement for you in person sometime in the near future, hopefully before the end of the 2020 calendar year. What that will look like – or when – is uncertain, but it is our intent to host everyone who can come back at a celebration of your academic achievement.
In the next week, we will be sending out a survey about your preferences and your ability to come back to campus over the next year. We understand that circumstances with your work and living situations can change, and the public health concerns about large gatherings will remain paramount in our planning. But our promise to you is we will do everything in our power to celebrate the Class of 2020 – your remarkable achievements, your resilience, and the promise of a bright future – in person, here on campus, with all the pride and purpose you deserve.
Thank you for your patience as we continue to make adjustments in these unparalleled times.