In an email from the Office of the Provost, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Frederick Bonato announced that the university will host commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in the summer.
The announcement states that, instead of one large ceremony, the university will offer “a series of small, personalized commencement experiences for both the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021.”
These ceremonies will allow graduates to invite a limited number of family members to an in-person event on campus. A livestream will allow other people who wish to virtually attend a ceremony to support the graduates.
Along with the ceremonies, the university will air two virtual pre-recorded commencement ceremonies at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 21 and Thursday, June 3 for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 respectively. These recordings will include commencement speeches and the reading of the graduates’ names and will be openly accessible online for viewers to share on social media after their airing.
The announcement concluded, “While we acknowledge that challenging circumstances have led to a different commencement than you anticipated … we are excited about the plans to recognize all that you have achieved while a student.”
The in-person ceremonies are planned to occur June 7-10 and June 14-17 and will comply with New Jersey state guidelines.
Updates on the commencement ceremony can be found here.