Southern Connecticut State University In-Person Commencement

Southern Connecticut State University In-Person Commencement

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SCSU Class of 2020 Students started this petition to President of Southern President Joe Bertolino and

On June 22, 2020, Southern Connecticut State University announced on their Facebook page that they will be holding a virtual commencement for the Class of 2020. On April 13, 2020, we received an email that there were three potential dates for an in-person commencement. One in the summer, one in the fall, and one in the winter. After this email was sent, every updated information email that was sent out by the school always included how these dates were always being considered. After waiting to hear about commencement plans, we are disappointed that a virtual commencement is all they could come up with. We were shocked to see that this was announced on their Facebook page and not emailed to us first. How sad is this? We didn't even receive an email, just a Facebook notification to check their page to see an updated event that was listed. Our graduating students were notified via email the next morning after the Facebook event was created. The students should have received an email first. After waiting a month to hear about graduation plans, we waited an additional two months to only be told through Facebook that there would be a virtual commencement. Other Connecticut State Universities and Colleges that did have or did not have a virtual graduation months ago, have already planned to have an in-person commencement in the near future. We strongly recommend to Southern Connecticut State University to explore all options to hold some form of an in-person commencement. Some ideas include having a staggered (time interval) ceremony, or one big ceremony where everyone wears a mask with social distance guidelines for the graduates and their families. We are asking for Southern to reconsider their decision of having a virtual commencement. The Class of 2020 deserves to walk. Please help us by signing this petition to help make the necessary change to give the Class of 2020 a proper in-person commencement in the near future. 

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