UNC: Class of 2020 Deserves a Graduation Ceremony

UNC: Class of 2020 Deserves a Graduation Ceremony

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Justin Do started this petition to University of Chapel Hill Administration

On March 3, 2021 an email was sent out to Class of 2020 graduates, indicating that they would not receive a formal graduation ceremony, and would instead have a "reunion celebration" in October.

While there are bigger issues in the world than whether one graduating class receives a graduation, it is upsetting to many 2020 graduates who had their senior year cut short and are now also being deprived of a proper celebration.

It sets a bad precedent to disallow one class from having a graduation, and it is clear that the opinions of 2020 graduates were either not collected or were ignored.

Not having a graduation ceremony was a particularly hard pill for the Class of 2020 to swallow when the news broke because the Class of 2021’s graduation is currently being planned to take place in May 2021. This has left many in the Class of 2020 to wonder “then why can't we have a graduation at some point as well?”.

The purpose of the petition is to make it clear - the UNC Class of 2020 deserves a graduation ceremony. Graduation is a huge milestone for many, and it would be remiss to sweep these students under the rug.

Due to the overwhelming negative response to the Chancellor’s announcement regarding the elimination of a traditional Commencement ceremony, the Class of 2020 demands more transparency and accountability from the Administration and from our class leaders. To meet these ends, we respectfully request the following:

  • Explain why the Class of 2020 cannot have a Commencement Ceremony of equal scale to the Class of 2021.
  • Explain why the administration went back on their promise, made in May 2020, to give the Class of 2020 a Commencement alongside the Class of 2021.
  • Explain why the Class of 2020 was not surveyed before this decision was made. (Last direct communication asking for feedback was May 2020.)
  • Explain how the decision was made not to have a traditional Commencement when it was against the desires of a significant portion of the Class of 2020.
  • Begin a normal, routine dialogue with the entirety of the Class of 2020—not just class leaders.
  • Ask for feedback from the entire class before making any major decisions regarding a potential Commencement ceremony. "
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