Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn State President Eric Barron recently announced plans to postpone the University’s spring graduation ceremonies, causing a huge upset in the community.
The commencement was supposed to begin May 8 and carry through May 10 but has since been called off after Penn State’s cancellation of the spring semester.
“Graduation is a significant milestone for our students and while it may not be the same as our traditional ceremony, we are committed to finding the best way possible to recognize the achievements of our graduates,” President Barron said in an initial statement. “However, as the world works together to slow the spread of COVID-19, these decisions must be made with public health at the forefront along with the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff, their families and our local communities.”
Because these circumstances are so unusual, President Barron is actively working to develop a plan that will most efficiently recognize the achievements of students, as well as keep them and their families safe for the time being. A week after his first statement, Barron released another saying that the graduation ceremonies are set to be held in two phases.
“The first phase will grant the degree, and the second will be a physical celebration of success with your peers,” said President Barron. He suggested holding a virtual ceremony, where all names would be displayed on the screen, but nothing has yet to be confirmed.
After the degrees are awarded, the University plans to gather students and families to celebrate their achievements as soon as it is safe to do so, regardless of when that will be.
VALLEY Magazine, as well as the entire Penn State community, is extremely proud of everything that our seniors have accomplished. Despite these difficult circumstances, VALLEY is excited to see everything they accomplish in their future endeavors.