Dear Campus Community,
In light of the current situation, and after thoughtful conversation with representatives of the 2020 graduating class, it has become clear that hosting an in-person campus graduation ceremony in June won’t be possible. Instead, Evergreen will be creating a virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 12 to honor the class of 2020.
This news is not easy to deliver, and I know it’s especially disappointing for the graduates, their families, and the Evergreen community who supports them.
Although we’re sad that we won’t be together in person, our goal now is to build a unique Evergreen celebration that brings our community together to honor our students. The event will be held via webcast and we plan to invite commencement speakers, honorees, and musicians to broadcast their remarks and performances.
Graduates will receive mortar boards, printed programs and other regalia by mail, and will be invited to share photos and join watch groups to celebrate with fellow grads.
As these details are finalized, we will be sharing updates with graduates and the Evergreen community via email and on the commencement webpage. Other Evergreen graduation ceremonies are working on virtual plans, and those will also be shared as they are developed.
For graduates who want the opportunity to commemorate and celebrate their achievements by walking across the stage in view of friends and family, we are extending the invitation to join the next graduating class at commencement on Red Square in June of 2021.
To the class of 2020: we are deeply proud of you, and we know there are few experiences that are as important to you– and to all of us – than celebrating the culmination of your hard work and achievement. We look forward to honoring your success on Friday, June 12.
George S. Bridges
The Evergreen State College