Providence College postpones commencement ceremony

COVID-19 disrupted plans to hold the event May 17th.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — For Providence College seniors, coronavirus concerns have been looming over their graduation plans.

“You kind of dream about commencement, and everything you do those four years is to get to that moment,” said senior Remy Lagarde. “After health issues, that was the number one thing I was thinking about: am I going to have a commencement, are there going to be senior activities, is there going to be any kind of class sendoff?”

The school sent out a survey to students.

“We started hearing from members of the senior class saying, ‘Please don’t cancel our commencement. We understand if you have to postpone it, but please don’t cancel it,” said Steve Maurano, an associate vice president at Providence College.

Thursday the school announced it plans to hold a traditional, in-person commencement ceremony at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Oct. 31.

“We wanted to give people as much time as possible, in the hope that they would be able to be with us on that weekend,” Maurano said.

To allow seniors to pursue jobs and other opportunities, the school will officially confer their degrees next month…in a digital ceremony.

“I don’t know what that will look like,” Lagarde said, “but I imagine it will be something like a Zoom session.”

Students say they’re thankful they will eventually have the moment they’ve dreamed about for years.

“You only get so many of those days in your life where you have such a memorable experience,” Lagarde said. “That’s why it’s so great it’s rescheduled and not canceled. You just don’t get that experience again.”

The Commencement Mass has also been moved…to October 30.





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