Postpone PC's Class of 2020 Graduation

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To the Providence College administration,

As universities across the state of Rhode Island and the country continue to face the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic, Providence College's Class of 2020 graduating students are left wondering the fate of the spring commencement ceremonies. While the administration considers the best course of action, we ask and recommend that Providence College choose to postpone its 2020 commencement ceremonies, even if indefinitely, rather than opting to cancel the events or hold them virtually.

We understand that the school's administration is in the process of making many difficult decisions in the coming days and-or weeks. Hence, we urge you that in the process of doing so, you consider taking a different path from that of our peer institutions, for the sake of all graduates. We believe Class of 2020 graduating students deserve the opportunity not only to celebrate their accomplishments, but to do so with their family, friends, and loved ones. 

Commencement, without a doubt, provides and opportunity for graduates to celebrate their academic and personal achievements, and relish the results of their 4+ years of hard work. An in person commencement ceremony would allow graduates an opportunity for closure, reflection, and celebration.

Moreover, graduation also allows the opportunity for us, students, to recognize the people who got us here. Our Providence College education is an investment, quite literally, given PC's tuition; and, we recognize that no student is able to get to graduation alone. Graduation is a moment in which many of us recognize, thank, and celebrate our families, friends, and loved ones. Those who were our support networks are vital to our PC experiences, and we, graduates, deserve this opportunity to honor them. 

We recognize the administration's willingness to accommodate students' needs in handling the fallout of the coronavirus health crisis. For example, allowing students with extreme circumstances to stay on campus and providing materials and resources to be able to excel in our online classes, shows how the administration is open to student input and opinions. We ask the administration to take it one step further by postponing, rather than cancelling or shifting online, the 2020 commencement exercises. 

For the past 4+ years, Providence College has been our home, and our community. Now, we ask you to honor that sense of home and community by allowing us the opportunity to come together one last time in celebration of our achievements and the people who have supported us through this rollercoaster of a journey. Whether the class of 2020 holds its commencement ceremony in late summer 2020, fall 2020, or even spring 2021, we believe it is worthwhile. 

Thank you for your consideration. God bless and GO FRIARS!

-Providence College Class of 2020 

(Thanks to Georgetown Class of 2020 for inspiring us to write this petition with your own. We wish you luck in your process!)