Olivet College has committed to an in-person commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 and 2021, President Steven M. Corey, Ph.D., announced today. The outdoor ceremony, which will adhere to federal, state and local safety protocols, will take place on May 22 at 1 p.m. and honor graduates from traditional undergraduate, graduate and adult professional studies.
“This has been an extraordinary year for everyone. I am proud of the flexibility, perseverance and determination of our students. They have faced tremendous challenges and not given up on their dream of a college degree,” said Corey. “We recognize that the graduation year for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 was not what our students envisioned when they first joined the Olivet College family. Our commitment to them now is to celebrate this milestone in a manner that is memorable, joyous and safe.”
The College will hold the ceremony at Cutler Field. The outdoor celebration will allow for proper social distancing for graduates seated on the field and a limited number of guests per graduate in the audience. Masks will be mandatory, and guests will be required to review the College’s Campus Visitors Agreement.
“Just as Olivet College successfully implemented in-person learning over the past year, we feel confident that we can apply the same principles to commencement following federal, state and local guidelines,” said Ryan Shockey, chief pandemic response officer. “We understand plans are subject to change contingent on the progress made in fighting COVID-19. However, we are moving forward in the spirit of optimism. A planning committee is working thoughtfully and carefully to retain many elements of our traditional ceremony while taking the necessary steps to ensure that we gather in the safest way possible.”
“Olivet College has been committed to carrying out the work necessary to continue our academic mission over the past year. Likewise, we are committed to celebrating the achievements of our graduates. They have earned this,” Corey added.
The ceremony will be professionally livestreamed, and photos will be shared publicly for those unable to attend in person.
Graduates and their families are encouraged to check the Commencement web page regularly for updates at www.olivetcollege.edu/commencement. Additionally, the Office of the Provost and senior class advisors will share pertinent information via email with graduating students leading up to the ceremony.