An In Person Graduation for UVa-Wise Graduates Classes of 2020 and 2021

An In Person Graduation for UVa-Wise Graduates Classes of 2020 and 2021

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Kaitlyn Davis started this petition to UVa-Wise Students and

Hello fellow UVA-Wise Cavaliers (students, staff, alumni, and family) as the 2021 Spring Semester draws to a close it is becoming more and more apparent that the Covid-19 pandemic will not end any time soon, especially not in time for the Senior Class of 2021 graduation or in time to make up for the incredible loss experienced by the Class of 2020. It has recently come to the attention of myself and several other students (and alumni) that neither the Class of 2021 or 2020 will be give the opportunity to have an in person graduation with limited friends and family present. While I understand the college is doing it’s best to navigate these troubling times this is simply unacceptable especially as we watch sporting events be hosted on our campus, and colleges in the surrounding area announce plans to hold an in person graduation this spring. I believe their are several options that would allow students to celebrate this momentous occasion in person with friends and family by their side. I have listed these options down below and encourage you to read them and to please sign this petition.

Sincerely,

The Class of 2020 and 2021

 


Option One

Host graduation in small groups either by major or last name over the period of two days allowing students to bring 2-3 guests. This will drastically reduce amount of people in doors at one time and still provide students with the celebration they deserve.

 


Option Two

Host graduation on the football field (or the Lawn by the Lake) using the Home and Away stands as guest seating roping off every other row in order to keep guests an appropriate distance apart. This would allow students to celebrate all together along with friends and family. Graduation has been hosted outdoors at UVA-Wise as recently as 2011.

 


Other colleges and Universities hosting in person graduation with guests include

 

King University- Bristol, Va

Hosting two in person ceremonies outdoors on their campus May 1st allowing students to bring up to 4 guests.

 

Hollins University- Roanoke, Va

Hosting graduation at the Berglund Center and allowing students to bring up to 6 guests.

 

Longwood University- Farmville, Va

Hosting an outdoor ceremony on their campus with up to 7,000 chairs for guests.

 

Christopher Newport University- Newport News, Va

Hosting an outdoor ceremony on their campus with each student being allowed 6 guests.

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