January 17: The college has revised its policy around participation in Commencement beginning in June, 2023. Contrary to what we explained in our November message (that you would be invited to the ceremony but not called up on stage to receive a diploma), we are now inviting students who are up to 5 courses short (with some exceptions) to process and cross the stage with their class. If you’re unclear about your own status in this regard, please consult the new policy.
You will also be invited to participate fully in Commencement activities in June of 2024. For both Commencement 2023 and 2024, you will be asked by the Registrar’s Office whether or not you plan to attend. Your name will be read at both ceremonies (unless you specifically request we not do so).
While you may participate in both Commencements, you may only attend the Mt. Hope event during Senior Week once. (Senior Week is organized by the Office of Campus Life.) In addition, for students on financial aid, we can only offer the family lodging assistance one time.e
As a result of this change in policy, we no longer plan to hold a Winter Celebration Ceremony in December of 2023.
We’re happy to answer any questions you might have at [email protected], and we greatly look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in ways that work best for you and your loved ones.
Please note: We are relying on digital communication with you at this time. We will forward this email communication to your families, but we realize not all families have registered their email addresses with the college. If you could please ensure your friends and family have this information, that would be greatly appreciated.
College Marshal and William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry
Director of Commencement and Academic Events