Saint Mary’s commencement moved online, alternative celebration to occur fall 2020
Observer Staff Report | Thursday, April 2, 2020
Commencement for the Saint Mary’s class of 2020 will take place virtually May 16 at noon, Interim President Nancy Nekvasil announced Thursday in an email.
In addition to the virtual ceremony, the College plans to host a face-to-face ceremony in the fall.
“The fall date would allow enough time for some of the traditions so important to you as well as participating in a commencement ceremony,” Nekvasil said in the email.
The email contained a link to a survey for students to select a date for the face-to-face ceremony that will work best for them.
“Saint Mary’s College is asking for input from the class of 2020 for an alternative commencement celebration,” the survey said. “This is in addition to the virtual ceremony held on May 16, 2020. This two-day celebration will begin on a Friday with tower tours, handprints, opening of the circle and a walk down the Avenue followed by a graduation ceremony offered on Saturday.”
Nekvasil offered an alternative should the plans for a gathering later in 2020 fall through.
“If for any reason we are unable to have the fall face-to-face commencement, we will invite your participation in Reunion late May/early June of 2021,” she said in the email. “Even though you will not be at your five-year mark, we think that would be a very special time for you to gather as a class. We don’t have this worked out, but I wanted you to know so you can plan.”