Demand that UMaine holds an In-Person 2021 Commencement Ceremony

Demand that UMaine holds an In-Person 2021 Commencement Ceremony

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Brody Osborne started this petition to University of Maine Commencement Committee and

Tell the University of Maine Commencement Committee we demand an IN-PERSON graduation ceremony for Spring 2021 graduates! We have worked for years to complete our college coursework and the university is robbing us of an opportunity to celebrate this achievement. They believe replacing the ceremony in front of our family, friends, and peers with a “virtual commencement” is an acceptable replacement. This is an insult to the graduates of this university, and should NOT be accepted. A virtual ceremony does not hold nearly the value that an in-person ceremony offers. We are exactly 3 months away from the commencement date, which is plenty of time to hold off on this decision. This decision was made hastily, without waiting for further evidence as we actually near the ceremony date, and did not have the students in mind. COVID-19 Vaccinations are rapidly being distributed across the country, and case and death rates are steadily declining. If scientists are unsure of where the pandemic will be 3 months from now, the Commencement Committee at UMaine certainly doesn’t know. It is too early to make this decision, and an in-person ceremony should still be in consideration. Please sign this petition and demand that President Joan Ferrini-Mundy and the UMaine Commencement Committee reverse this decision until a later date!

We want UMaine to recognize that students are unhappy with this decision and are willing to collaborate with committees on planning an event that is commemorative AND safe. For example, colleges could hold individual ceremonies (instead of two ceremonies comprising multiple colleges, morning and afternoon) so that fewer students are in attendance at each. Masks can be worn. Tickets can be limited. The ceremony could be held outdoors. For instance, on the football field.

We feel a ceremony, even if on a small scale, is very doable and deserved. If they refuse, students should be entitled to the allocated funds. If you too, are disappointed, please consider signing this petition.

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