In June when it became clear that Ithaca College would not be able to host an in-person Commencement ceremony, more than 50 faculty and staff members began the hard work of devising a creative way to celebrate graduating students that would make this a memorable, momentous occasion in their lives. They wanted to make sure that this historic class, who had missed out on so many of the typical traditions and festivities, would still be celebrated in spectacular fashion.
“I think everybody involved was doing it because they wanted make the experience better for our 2020 graduates who had it pretty rough,” said Dave Prunty, executive director of auxiliary services and co-chair of the Commencement Committee. “Anything we could do to make it a better experience was what people were motivated by.”
The large number of staff and faculty who contributed to the planning and operation of the five virtual ceremonies includes the Commencement Committee, the production team, the Zoom technical operations team, the Zoom pinners and camera operators, the Zoom support team, and video production.