Edinboro going virtual for spring graduation

Category:  News
Friday, March 5th, 2021 at 2:58 PM

In an email sent by Edinboro University Interim President Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, EU has decided to go virtual for their spring graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8. This decision is based on recommendations from public health experts “regarding large-scale gatherings.” This is the third consecutive Edinboro graduation to be virtual. 

“Despite our optimism that circumstances would allow us to safely hold an in-person ceremony, COVID-19 continues to pose a significant risk to public health,” the email states.

“This decision was not an easy one, but we remain steadfast in our commitment to protecting the health and safety of the Edinboro University community.”

The virtual ceremony will have similar elements to an in-person one, such as segments from the student speaker, Provost Dr. Michael Hannan and Pehrsson. There will also be “personalized slides” for each graduate and bagpipe performances.

“The University’s Commencement Committee is again working with MarchingOrder, a company that specializes in virtual commencements, to organize and host the ceremony,” the email states.

Edinboro will mail diplomas to students after graduation requirements are verified. Students graduating this spring will be welcome to participate in a future in-person commencement when COVID-19 is no longer a concern.

Emma McNeeley is the News Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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