Emmanuel College Commencement to Allow Attendance of Guests

Emmanuel College Commencement to Allow Attendance of Guests

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Emmanuel 2021 started this petition to Sister Janet Eisner and the Emmanuel College Administration

To the Emmanuel College Administration,

We understand that planning events and making decisions amidst a global pandemic is incredibly challenging. However, in light of the fact that other local colleges are making efforts to hold in-person commencement ceremonies at which students are allowed to have guests, we are using this petition to request that Emmanuel re-evaluate the decision to omit all guests at graduation. Although we are thankful for the fact that our graduation is taking place in-person, hearing that we will not be able to graduate in the presence of loved ones was incredibly disheartening, especially given the efforts that other local (and larger) schools are putting into hosting in-person ceremonies with guests. For example, Northeastern University, Suffolk University, and Bentley University are planning to hold in-person ceremonies at Fenway Park.

Although graduation typically takes place in the Library Lot, we politely request that administration consider alternative options, such as Clemente field or an off-campus venue, to safely accommodate more guests. Another logical alternative that we propose involves holding staggered ceremonies for each different School over a series of days, which would reduce the total number of attendees and allow for better social distancing. Seeing as other schools are capable of such strategic planning, we respectfully request that Emmanuel consider the significance of having loved ones present at such an important event.

As graduating seniors whose entire college experience over the past year has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, we deserve the opportunity to celebrate reaching this point with loved ones. Commencement in the absence of loved ones is less meaningful, as these are the people who helped us reach this milestone. We request that the decision to not permit guests at Commencement be thoughtfully reconsidered and that decisions regarding this matter be communicated to students in a timely manner.

-Emmanuel College Class of 2021

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