Commencement for the Class of 2020 will still be held next May, Endicott College’s Commencement Committee reports.
The graduation ceremony is currently scheduled for the weekend of May 22, 2021.
The commencement was supposed to be held this past May, but coronavirus restrictions disallowed the college from holding the event. The ceremony would’ve been President Steven DiSalvo’s first graduation since his induction last fall.
The way in which the ceremony will be held is not confirmed yet, as the college is awaiting guidelines from the Massachusetts state government.
The commencement will be held outside, similar to past years. However, social distancing and capacity guidelines for the event will be announced at a later date.
“Just like we promised earlier in the year, we want to celebrate the class of 2020 with all the pomp and circumstances they deserve,” said Bryan Cain, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at Endicott College.
The Commencement Committee is currently thinking of alternative plans, as the ceremony is not guaranteed due to the ever changing nature of COVID-19.
It has been discussed to possibly separate the graduates into smaller groups to have the ceremonies over a couple of days, but the current goal is to have a normal event.
The college looked at doing a virtual graduation ceremony, but found by looking at other schools that the students reactions were negative, and decided against it.
The Class of 2021 is also scheduled for their commencement on May 23, 2021. The two classes will each be given their own day to have their celebrations, making sure to distinguish between the ceremonies.
It was evident that students of the Class of 2020 were disappointed when they learned of the news that their graduation ceremony was postponed.
“I know that students and families were devastated, and the college was devastated. Overall, our faculty, staff, the President, all of the President’s council, everybody was devastated,” said Cain.
“We’ve had commencement every single year since 1941, it’s a tradition and it’s something that we desperately want to move forward with,” he said.
The call to postpone the commencement was the best option to make at the time, Cain mentioned, as this was for the health and safety of the Endicott community.
The Commencement Committee will continue to monitor the state guidelines, and make the decisions regarding whether or not to hold the planned ceremony, figuring out the best way to potentially have the commencement for both classes.
More information regarding the commencement of the class of 2020 and 2021 will be provided as additional information is released by the Massachusetts Governor’s office.