Reschedule Penn Commencement

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Reschedule Penn Commencement

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Emma Loving started this petition to University of Pennsylvania Administration and

Update as of 3/17/20: Brown University has announced that they will make a call no later than March 27 on whether their Commencement celebrations can be held as regularly scheduled. Most importantly, Brown's president promised that if Commencement cannot be held at the traditional time, it will be postponed and not cancelled. She stated, "One of the great things about Brown is that, while we love our traditions, we are not afraid to improvise." As our Ivy League peers proceed with promises to postpone instead of cancel and hold virtually, Penn is not even entertaining the option to move the iconic celebrations to a later date. We ask that Penn follow suit with Brown's fair and hopeful solution.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the University of Pennsylvania has elected to cancel this year’s on-campus Commencement events, scheduled for May 18, and move them to a virtual ceremony that will be broadcast online. This decision came in response to the CDC's recommendation against any public gatherings of more than 50 people for the next two months. While we understand the increasingly critical situation and health risk that the virus presents, we are absolutely dismayed to learn that Penn is not attempting to reschedule our Commencement celebration to a later date. Graduate students, undergraduate students, executive education, and doctoral students alike will not have the opportunity to walk across the stage and be handed the diploma that they have worked so hard for. No tossing of the caps, no pictures with our college friends- all of these precious moments have been denied to us. Graduating from an Ivy League university is a once in a lifetime experience that commemorates not only the hard work of students, but also the sacrifice of their families and relatives to afford them the opportunity of education. Please sign this petition so that the University will reschedule Penn's most treasured tradition to a future date for the adversely affected Class of 2020.

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