Luther College is planning a virtual commencement experience to celebrate its Class of 2020.
"We're so proud of our seniors, and an achievement like graduating from college shouldn’t pass without some pomp and circumstance. So, just as we have creatively found ways to learn and connect during this time of separation, we also are developing meaningful ways to mark and celebrate Commencement—together in spirit while physically apart," said President Jenifer K. Ward.
Due to public health concerns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and state and national social distancing recommendations, the decision was made to postpone in-person Spring 2020 Commencement, set for May 24. In its place will be a special, Virtual Commencement.
Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming, is leading this effort.
"It's so important to mark the milestone of commencement. It's important for the graduates who worked so hard to get here, for their families and support systems, and for the whole Luther community," said Underwood. "We may not be able to gather in person right now, but we're not going to let that distract us from creating a joyful and meaningful commencement experience."
Virtual Commencement will be available for all to watch online at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24. To take part, visit luther.edu/commencement or follow Luther College on Facebook at facebook.com/luthercollege.
"I hope that during this Virtual Commencement, students will dress up, take pictures and interact on social media. I also hope that by making the commencement experience available online at a prescribed time, graduates will feel the full community behind them, and know that they are with their classmates in spirit," said Underwood.
While this virtual gathering will be memorable in itself, Luther is committed to celebrating this important milestone in person as well. The details of an in-person commencement will be determined at a later date, when it is safe to host such an event.
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