Allow Penn State Behrend Seniors to have an In-person Graduation

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Allow Penn State Behrend Seniors to have an In-person Graduation

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Hali Hartley started this petition to Penn State Behrend Chancellor Ralph Ford

Seniors are being stripped once again of the opportunity to have in-person graduation. After many hardships this year, all we would like is to walk for graduation. 

We, the seniors of Penn State Behrend, propose two plans for our graduation. 

Plan #1: Placing our graduation outside at the Erie Veteran Stadium on May 8. Depending on the number of students that will attend the outdoor graduation, two sessions can be created (one at 11 AM and the other at 3 PM). Using the time between both sessions to allow proper cleaning and sanitization. If there is enough room for all students, we suggest just one session. Because this stadium is bigger than the Penn State Behrend soccer fields, more family members will attend the students' graduation ceremony while maintaining social distancing and mask policies.

Plan #2: Placing graduation outside at the soccer fields with two sessions for the ceremony to allow social distancing to be in place. These two sessions being on May 8 at 11 AM and 3 PM. Having the two sessions each day will allow proper cleaning and sanitation before the next ceremony. 

Each faculty member, graduate student, and families would be required to wear masks for the ceremony's duration. There will also be social distancing, having each seat six feet for the students and faculty and then six feet spacing between each family group in the soccer field or the Erie Veteran Stadium bleachers. 

We, seniors, have already missed out on many memorable moments this year. Please not let this be another one. 

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