Commencement Ceremony Updates
Dear Class of 2020 and 2021,
I’m writing to update you on our plans to celebrate your graduation. As you know, COVID19 continues to surge across the state and strict limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings remain in place. As a result, the University surveyed members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 and held a focus group with students on possible alternatives to our traditional ceremony.
Given the continued uncertainty with COVID19 restrictions, the University has decided to invest the resources necessary to move forward with a high quality virtual ceremony for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 that will be held on the regularly schedule Commencement date of Sunday, May 23, 2021. More information on these ceremonies is forthcoming.
While we are moving forward with a high quality virtual ceremony, we continue to explore options for celebrating your class with smaller in-person ceremonies, in addition to the virtual ceremony. However, until such time as current State restrictions on gatherings are modified, planning for such events is impossible.
We know that a virtual ceremony is disappointing to many of you, but please keep an open mind, as the technology involved is very interactive and impressive. It was our sincere hope that by May we would be able to move forward with our traditional commencement format. At this point, we don’t feel comfortable continuing to push off the ceremonies for multiple classes. You all deserve an amazing celebration of your success and accomplishments in the face of such adversity.
I hope all of you and your loved ones are healthy and well during these challenging months.
We are continuing to explore all options to give our 2020 and 2021 graduates a memorable celebration of their academic accomplishments while adhering to the guidelines and restrictions created in the interest of public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 21, 2020
Dear Class of 2020,
Congratulations on completing your finals and wrapping up your academic requirements at FSU! As we approach your originally scheduled commencement date this Sunday, I’m reaching out with what I hope you will receive as good news. As you know, the COVID19 pandemic gave us no choice but to reschedule your commencement. While many other colleges and universities proceeded with virtual ceremonies, we remained determined to hold an in-person ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments.
Originally, we hoped we would be able to hold it at some point during the summer, but given the guidance we have received from state officials, that is no longer realistic. We were also hesitant to plan a ceremony during the winter because of the potential for a resurgence of COVID19 coinciding with the onset of the flu season.
Therefore, the University has decided to reschedule your commencement ceremony for Sunday, May 23, 2021. Your ceremony will be held that morning in the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. It will be a joint ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2020. That afternoon, a separate joint ceremony will be held for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2021. You will be able to continue to find updates on the University Commencement webpage.
All of you deserve to have your moment with your families, friends, and faculty – and with one another – to celebrate your accomplishments. We acknowledge, however, that for some of you, having the ceremony for the Class of 2020 in May 2021 is not ideal. Our hope is that it is seen as the closest situation to “normal” that we feel we can offer, by hosting at the same venue, and same time of year.
In the meantime, we hope you were able to take part in the virtual toast with President Cevallos. You will be receiving some gifts in the mail from the University in the next few days that will help you showoff your accomplishment, and definitely don’t miss the FSU Kudo Board that was set up with messages of congratulations and words of wisdom from alumni, faculty and staff! You can also show your Ram Pride virtually with these special Zoom Backgrounds you can download.
We recognize that spring 2021 is a long way away. Please know that your diplomas will still be mailed to you this summer, as would normally occur in any other year. (During commencement, ceremonial proxy diplomas are handed to students on stage – not the actual diplomas.)
It’s important to note that this planning has been done with the information available to us at this time, and will be revised if necessary to follow future government and public health guidelines.
I’d like to thank all of you for the grace and resilience you have demonstrated this past academic year. You have navigated a truly difficult situation in a way that makes everyone at FSU proud. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in person next year!
March 27, 2020
Dear Class of 2020,
In light of the announcement of your commencement ceremony being postponed to a later date, we wanted to share some information about caps and gowns.
• The Oak Hall website, framingham.shopoakhalli.com, is still open for ship-to-home orders. Oak Hall has emailed the returns policy directly to those students whose orders have already shipped in case anyone wants to return them.
• Once a new date is set for commencement, the ship-to-store option will be added back to the website.
• The schedule for when graduates may pick up their orders at the Campus Store or buy regalia in the store will be postponed until a date for commencement is set. If we are unable to open the store at that time or if students are unable to pick up their items we will work directly with them to ship orders out from here. Phone orders may also be available at that time if needed.
• Customers who have ordered their regalia for in-store pickup may cancel and get a refund anytime before they receive the items by emailing email@example.com.
• Questions can be directed to the FSU Bookstore Manager, Keith Jacques, Tel: 508-626-4595 Fax: 508-820-1255; firstname.lastname@example.org www.framinghamstore.com
These are certainly stressful times, but Framingham State is committed to celebrating your accomplishments. The commencement committee is working on alternative plans for commencement, and the school will notify you when a new date is set.
We wish you all the best, Class of 2020!
Dean of Students Office