Reschedule Bethel Class of 2020's Spring Commencement!!

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The Bethel Class of Spring 2020 received news March, 27th 2020 that they could either be a part of virtual graduation or join the December commencement ceremony. Information provided to students shows the intentionality of Bethel University, although it misses one important need for the student body. Community. I am a part of the Class of 2020 and spent 4 years working tirelessly next to strangers that turned into peers who turned into close friends. We built a community together and I would love to try an honor that. Therefore I think, putting the Spring 2020 graduates into the Class of Winter 2020 graduates ceremony is saddening. I've created this petition for our own commencement ceremony at a date and time separate from the 2020 Winter commencement that is acceptable after the terrible COVID-19 is under control. In no way am I trying to disrespect the thoughtful consideration Bethel University has already made for the 2020 graduates. In fact, I am indefinitely grateful for the effort Bethel is continually doing to accommodate. But, my hope is that this petition can explain what I feel best respects, honors and encourages the mission of community Bethel represents.