SIUE has announced it will not hold a traditional graduation ceremony at the end of the fall semester. This follows the cancellation of Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This announcement came Oct. 7 in a message from Kristen Schmalz, University Marketing and Communications’ marketing and events specialist.
In the place of a traditional ceremony, virtual ceremonies will be posted to the commencement website Dec. 18. According to Schmalz’s message, these ceremonies will include remarks from Chancellor Randy Pembrook and Provost Denise Cobb, as well as recognition of student speakers.
The university is also developing an alternative plan for an in-person celebration to be held Dec. 19. While these plans are not finalized, they are likely to include an opportunity for graduates to be photographed by the university’s official commencement photographers. Additionally, graduates would be able to pick up their diploma covers, programs, e-pins and Alumni gifts.
Spring 2020 graduates will also have the option to participate in this in-person celebration. A survey has been distributed to Spring and Fall 2020 graduates to gauge interest in this option. Both spring and fall graduates will also be invited back for an in-person commencement ceremony once it is safe for large gatherings.
For the most recent information about the fall graduation ceremonies, visit SIUE’s Commencement website.