March 22, 2021
Dear Members of the Classes of 2020,
We are looking forward to celebrating the graduation of the incredible members of the Classes of 2020 on June 6. It’s been a long wait for this pandemic-delayed Commencement and we are thrilled we will be able to congratulate you in person. The world you entered last spring is a changed one, but it is also a world that is changing for the better because of your entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to community. We have confidence in the future because of you.
After consultation with public health authorities and the State of New York, we intend to uphold our plans and our honored tradition of holding Commencement outside on the Quad. Although the situation is subject to change pending State guidelines, it is our intention – rain or shine – to congratulate each graduate as you walk across the Coxe Hall steps. It is also our intention to allow each of you to register up to two guests to be on campus to join in this celebration. The current guidelines and protocols for large gatherings, combined with the capacity of our facilities, make it unlikely that we will be able to accommodate guests at the ceremony on the Quad, but guests will be able to watch the live stream at other sites on campus as well as to join their graduates before and after the ceremony in celebration. The Ceremony will be livestreamed via the Colleges’ website so that other friends and family anywhere in the world can also watch live that day. Your Commencement speaker, the Most Rev. Bishop Michael B. Curry ’75, and honorary degree recipients Peggy Greenawalt ’66 and G. Peter Jemison, as well as many faculty, plan to attend to share in the day.
Although we are still working through details, we will be following COVID event protocols, including mandating the use of masks, social distancing and proof of vaccination or testing for attendees. More details will be shared in the next few weeks related to these protocols. Registration information will also be available soon.
Kristen Tobey in the Office of Student Activities has been working through a plan for holding some of the traditional senior week activities beginning on Friday, June 4. Those plans will be shared along with additional Commencement day details as the spring progresses. You can find some basic info on the Commencement 2020 website.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to campus and celebrating your many successes and the impact you’ve had on the Colleges and on each other.
Joyce P. Jacobsen
Provost and Dean of Faculty
Vice President for Student Affairs