May 21, 2020: Update on Commencement
Dear Faculty and Staff:
I want to provide you with an update on plans for commencement. Earlier today, I shared an update with our Class of 2020 graduating students.
On May 18, Governor Baker announced plans for a phased opening in Massachusetts. While this is encouraging news, there will be continued limitations on numbers of people gathering for events. It’s clear that large gatherings won’t be possible in the coming months.
Because of this, I have determined it is not possible for Wentworth to host an in-person commencement in August in a way that is both safe and meaningful as I had hoped.
I know our students are feeling disappointed by this news – I am too. They deserve this moment. They have worked so hard for it, and they have earned it.
Various colleges and universities have taken a different approach to commencement during this pandemic. Some have done virtual ceremonies, some have postponed ceremonies, and some have done both.
I have decided that we will do both. For our April and August graduates, I am absolutely committed to hosting the Class of 2020’s graduation at a future date when we can do so safely – so our graduating students can be together – in person – with friends and family for this important moment in their lives.
The pandemic has made one thing very clear – we have to continue celebrating joyful moments in our lives. This is why Wentworth will also host a virtual celebration on August 16. I look forward to faculty and staff participating in this momentous occasion.
There’s much uncertainty right now. What is certain is that we will do everything in our power at Wentworth to host a commencement ceremony for our students at the right time, in the right way, and safely.
We have many great things to look forward to. I can’t wait for us to celebrate our graduating seniors’ accomplishments.
Mark A. Thompson, Ph.D.