Will probably be three years from the initially deliberate date of the 2020 graduation by the point we attain the commencement ceremony of the Class of 2023. Three years that the Class of 2020 has needed to transfer on from their faculty years, discover safe, full-time employment and start to calm down of their lives. At this stage, many of those graduates have moved to locations throughout the nation, and even overseas. To recall these alumni for a rain-date ceremony three years down the road is to take action in useless. Discovering the day off work, individuals to cowl their houses, housing in Ithaca and transportation to the ceremony are all excessive boundaries of entry to this proposed occasion. Some faculties had been capable of finding the time in 2021, just like the Cornell University Class of 2020, discovering some affordable success (however doing so on the excessive threat of COVID-19 transmission). Ithaca School had a celebration event in July 2021 the place they invited the Class of 2020 again for the senior splash into the Dillingham Fountains and some different occasions. This gives some closure to the category however not a graduation.
The proposal is a sort sentiment, offering closure to those that didn’t obtain it on the finish of their lengthy, four-year scholar expertise. Class of 2020 alum Meaghan McElroy put it effectively when she stated, “It type of felt like there was no actual closing the door and celebrating the work that I had performed for the 4 years that I used to be at Ithaca.” It’s a disgrace that many college students share this emotion, however it’s our actuality. The faculty opted for the safer alternative by not internet hosting a commencement for the Class of 2020, however to take action now could be a troublesome, nearly pointless endeavor.
This information seems to come back with poor planning, because the discover from the Graduation Committee states the 2020 ceremony can be held the identical weekend because the 2023 ceremony. This can be a travesty of occasion planning that raises a plethora of questions. The place will they be hosted? The place will the households, alumni and graduates keep? Many recommend booking a hotel for family a year in advance for a standard commencement, by no means thoughts discovering a spot when two graduations are occurring in tandem. Does Ithaca have the assets to assist sufficient individuals for a simultaneous, double commencement? The Graduation Committee should reply these questions earlier than inquiring about curiosity from the alumni neighborhood, or else there can be no curiosity.