Since we announced our preliminary Commencement plans earlier this month, we have heard from many of you offering ideas and suggestions. We have taken all Commencement perspectives and suggestions into consideration. Almost all suggestions included a request that we explore innovative options for a limited number of guests to view the Class of 2021 Commencement ceremonies on campus, as well as to reconsider an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020.
We are pleased to share that in the last 24 hours we received information on the size of outdoor gatherings that will be permitted in Rhode Island beginning on May 1. The new standards increase the number of people able to attend an outdoor ceremony and now make it possible for us to host in-person ceremonies, including two guests for each graduate, for both the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 events.
We are delighted with this news and will share updated information as soon as we have the authorization to proceed with the adjusted plans now being finalized. We are all in this together and appreciate everyone’s patience.
Place your order by April 4 to ensure delivery in time for Commencement. You have the option to send regalia to either the bookstore, for on campus pickup, or to your home.