As undergraduate students, we have been flexible along with everyone else during this pandemic, we are grateful for all the professors and for all you have done to make sure we are safe. It’s been extremely hard to give up so many experiences that we should have had in this past semester, but we have understood. We have struggled through many hardships in the last year and despite these struggles, have managed to persevere with the goal of graduation in mind. Taking away a physical graduation ceremony will feel like these efforts are being discounted, and be extremely disappointing. Please see below a list of proposals that we hope the administration will consider so that we can have a safe, yet celebratory, in-person graduation ceremony. If we can do The Candle and Rose ceremony we can do a Graduation ceremony. If we have to pick one ceremony over the other we would all agree we would appreciate the Graduation ceremony more than the other. Thank you!
1 – In-person graduation for students.
2 – No guest, only students in-person. Live stream available for family and friends to watch.
3 – HEALTH SAFETY - Require ceremony attendees to wear masks if that is a public health recommendation. Only speakers would remove them for speeches and graduates could remove them for the picture with their diploma, then put them back on. Use temperature guns/thermometers and scan everyone as they enter. If possible, have hand sanitizer available as everyone enters the venue. Send out graduation programs electronically in advance, they could be printed off individually at home or at a later date. Have all attendees sign a disclosure that details requirements to attend and that they agree to follow requirements. Attendees must sign a disclosure to be allowed to attend.