Save Northern Vermont University's 2020/2021 Graduation!

Save Northern Vermont University's 2020/2021 Graduation!

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Luna Crowley started this petition to President Elaine Collins and

Students pour their entire being into their college education, with the expectation that all their hard work will be recognized in a moment of honor.

On 2/25/2021 President Elaine Collins of Northern Vermont University announced that the 2020/2021 commencement would be held virtually.  It feels as  though there is a complete lack of effort to foster an in person ceremony.  The very ceremony that would celebrate the hard working students who deserve their day, there moment to walk proudly across the stage with the sun on their face and the knowing in their heart I did this!   Because of the amount of open land around NVU, it is easily possible to hold a safe, socially distanced, open air graduation!
 
We are a liberal arts school with such a small student body, I am calling on President Elaine Collins to not cut our successes short and try harder to make our graduation in person!  The Vermont Department of Health has already expressed that they are willing to work with the University to have a successful and safe graduation for us. Might I note that this in person ceremony could be opt-in which would likely decrease the amount of attending people further. If 50,000 people can attend the Super Bowl, and the NFL made that happen, then President Collins let’s make our graduation happen IN PERSON. No virtual graduation would ever come close to walking across the stage with cap and gown.  Any attempt trying to pep talk us into believing that is transparent.
While we understand that we need to ensure the safety of all students, staff and faculty during this pandemic, all options have not been fully considered and all voices have not been heard. The classes of 2020 AND 2021 deserve more recognition than a slide show and a piece of paper.

To President Elaine Collins and Northern Vermont University: As students we showed up for this school and took a stance for what is right when the livelihood NVU was threatened past this year.  Now as administration we are calling on you to remember the importance of this decision, and the amount of students you will effect.  I ask you revisit this topic with empathy, compassion, common sense, and the attitude where there is a will there is a way.  I know we can find it together.   Please make our commencement in person and worthwhile!

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