3-30-20: Update on Commencement Weekend Plans

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you all for your continued efforts to carry out our mission in new and innovative ways during such unprecedented times. I deeply appreciate all you have done, and I hope you and your families are healthy and safe during this evolving situation.

I’m writing today with an update on our plans to honor the Class of 2020, our 150th graduating class at The College of Wooster. Senior celebrations, including Commencement, Baccalaureate, Lavender Celebration, Phi Beta Kappa, Senior Honors, the Multicultural Stole Ceremony, Commencement Concert and the planting of the senior tree, are beautiful and deeply cherished traditions at Wooster. Many of them go all the way back to our founding. We all look forward to these events tremendously, as a chance to recognize them, all of their achievements, and the bright futures that lie ahead.

We are committed to holding an in-person celebration for seniors when it is safe to do so. The most recent public health updates on COVID-19 indicate that our scheduled commencement weekend, May 8-11th, is likely to be close to the peak of the pandemic’s intensity in our region, and thus too soon to gather on campus safely. We’ll need to wait until we know more to find the time when we can come together to celebrate commencement.

In the meantime, we are working on plans regarding those celebrations, as well as the best ways to distribute diplomas, tassels, stoles, and other graduation specifics. We will plan to be back in touch with you by the end of April, by which time we hope that reports from public health officials will give us guidance on the timing for these events.

Though the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, it doesn’t change the exceptional achievements of the Class of 2020 and the role you have played in helping them reach each milestone. Many thanks for your exceptional dedication to our students and to their futures.

With gratitude and warm regards,