Colleges Plan Alternative Graduations

As many NEC member colleges and universities have made the difficult but necessary decision to close their campuses and send students home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many are pursuing alternative graduation plans.

Harvard University will be holding an online commencement ceremony on May 28th and is planning on holding an in-person celebration once it is safe to hold large group gatherings. Wentworth Institute of Technology and Suffolk University postponed their graduations until August. Northeastern University will also hold a virtual commencement ceremony, followed by in-person gatherings once it is safe to do so.

“I firmly believe we are going to come out of this stronger as an institution as a result of our efforts and collaboration,” Wentworth President Mark Thompson said. “We are in it for the long run. We are going to get through this.”

The Council commends the universities’ efforts to make commencement ceremonies special for their graduating classes in this uncertain time. The Boston Business Journal writes more about Massachusetts’ colleges.

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