Finally, I want to let you know we’ve made a decision about this year’s Commencement. We are targeting August 1-2 as the new Commencement weekend on campus to celebrate our Class of 2020, with the ceremony to be held on Sunday, August 2.
Throughout this situation, college leadership has been fully committed to remaining nimble, student-centered, and deeply hopeful, particularly around our ability to offer this major moment to our graduating students and their families. Moving Commencement to later in the summer reflects our intention to be realistic and optimistic in an incredibly unpredictable time.
We are committed to supporting and creating an Ithaca Forever community, one that not only commits to student success and the student experience, but also celebrates it as our students transition to alumni.
I ask for your continued patience as we move forward through this difficult time, and your understanding that we are doing our very best to navigate the fluidity of this public health crisis in a thoughtful, intentional way.
I know that responding to this situation has required our community to have tremendous flexibility, presence of mind in the midst of uncertainty, and creative thinking about how we can do our work in new ways. You have all stepped up to support one another as people and as professionals, and I am so proud to be a part of this community.
Shirley M. Collado