Change in Plans for Fall Commencement

Shawnee State will hold a virtual commencement celebration on Saturday, December 12.

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Dear Graduates,

We received guidance from local health officials and the Governor’s office today that, with rising cases of COVID-19 in our region, state, and nation, we are being called to limit gatherings to no more than ten people. To help keep you safe, and to do our part in protecting our community, it is necessary for us to move Fall Commencement to a virtual celebration.

I know how disappointing this is for you and your family. Your professors, advisors, SSU friends and I share in your disappointment in not being able to celebrate in person. We were looking forward to holding Fall Commencement in the Vern Riffe Center, even if we had to limit the number of guests.

If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is that the best of plans can change — and that adaptability is the greatest of skills.

We’ve also learned to focus on the most important aspects of life. Completing your degree is a significant milestone that will change your life forever. It is cause for celebration — no matter what form that celebration takes. It is the reason we hold a commencement.

So, on December 12, we will honor you. We will celebrate your accomplishments. We will take pride in what you have done – and what you will do moving forward as a college graduate.

Our virtual celebration will include a video with graduate photos, video clips, names, degrees, and accomplishments. The Commencement Committee will reach out to you tomorrow with details on how you can submit information for the event and how you and your family can participate.

This isn’t the celebration we planned, but together, we’ll make it a celebration to remember.


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