Reevaluation of Illinois College Graduation

Reevaluation of Illinois College Graduation

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Nicole Fisher started this petition to Illinois College

The senior class of 2021 at Illinois College is asking that the current commencement plans be reevaluated. This is a big milestone in anyone’s life, and deserves to be celebrated with family, friends, etc.

Illinois college currently is giving seniors an in person commencement, but is not allowing any guests. Other colleges in the surrounding areas are giving their students the opportunity to bring guests following COVID guidelines (social distancing, mask wearing, commencement taking place outside, limit on guests, etc). 

The college has had many prospective students and their families on campus the last few weeks, and this does not support their statement of “campus being closed to the public.” If the college is willing to allow prospective students and their families on campus, then why can’t the class of 2021 be allowed to bring 1-2 guests to their college graduation? As stated previously, this is a huge milestone and everyone deserves to have someone watch them graduate. Some students may be first person to graduate college in their family and some students may not be furthering their education after undergrad, so this is their last graduation they will ever have. 

The college never had an open discussion with the class of 2021 about possibilities for graduation or what they wanted to do. The class of 2021 would like the possibility of commencement plans to be reevaluated. 

Commencement could take place outside so it is easier to follow Covid guidelines. Students could be given a certain number of tickets for guests and guests would then need to present these tickets in order to attend the commencement ceremony. Commencement could be split into two ceremonies: Bachelors of Arts & Bachelors of Science. Commencement could be split into time slots that students would need to sign up for. These are just some ideas that have been brought to the table that we would like Illinois College to take into consideration. 

Illinois College students are tested weekly, and as vaccines have become more readily available many students are vaccinated, as well as their families. 

The class of 2021 should have the right to decide if they want to take the risk, given the current state of the pandemic, of allowing family members to attend their commencement. 

Please sign this petition if you are in support of the college reevaluating commencement plans for the class of 2021. 

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