President Beth Dobkin sent out an email Monday announcing Westminster College graduation will be postponed from its original date, May 9. This comes after recent recommendations from the CDC to limit public group gatherings to 50 people, and recommendations from the White House to limit to 10 people.
Dobkin said the school is still planning on celebrating commencement in person before the summer is over. However, the date in early May is not feasible at this time.
“I understand the anxiety and disappointment of having to postpone this milestone,” Dobkin said in an email sent out to students. “Seniors and graduate students will have earned the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and cross that stage in front of friends and family.”
Dobkin said students deserve the opportunity to showcase what they’ve accomplished during their time at Westminster by attending an in-person ceremony “with pride and fanfare.”
The administration will keep working to provide updates to students as they become available, Dobkin said. As of right now, the school has not released any plans to hold graduation ceremonies via livestream or digitally.
“I’m sorry that your spring semester has been so profoundly disrupted,” Dobkin said. “Please know that our top priority is making sure you have the opportunity to complete your semester or degree program in a timely manner.”