Fiat Virtual Celebration of our Class of 2020

The email below was sent to the Class of 2020 earlier this morning :

This coming Saturday, May 16, was to be a joyous time on our campus, as you gathered with your families and friends, members of our faculty and staff, and our Board of Trustees for Commencement ceremonies. Commencement is the most anticipated day of the year—rivaled only, perhaps, by Opening Convocation for incoming first-year students. It marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and commitment, and the beginning of the next chapters in the young lives of our graduating students.

As you know, the COVID-19 outbreak forced us to postpone Commencement until December 19. The disappointment that you feel at missing a culminating May ceremony is one shared by our entire Alfred University community.

We have organized a Virtual Celebration to help mark the occasion of your graduation. While this event could never replace the traditional Commencement, it will provide your graduating class an opportunity to commemorate the occasion of your graduation, and to experience the sense of pride that comes with earning your degrees.

The online ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on May 16. Joining me as speakers for the ceremony will be Greg Connors ’92, chair of our Board of Trustees; Peter Cuneo ’67, ’13 HD, member and chair emeritus of our Board of Trustees, and our December Commencement speaker; our two Marlin Miller Outstanding Seniors, Anastasia Campbell and Amber Smith; and our deans, who will offer their congratulations. We expect the event to last for 30-45 minutes.

By now, most of you have received a package in the mail containing a mortarboard with a purple and gold tassel, as well as an Alfred University stole. We ask that you put these on, take a selfie, and upload the image. The photographs will be organized into a virtual photo album that visitors can search by school and college.

Our hope is that all our graduating undergraduate and graduate students will take part in Saturday’s Virtual Celebration and then return to our campus in December to reunite with classmates as well with families and friends for what is sure to be a joyous occasion.

Fiat Virtual Celebration of our Class of 2020!
Mark