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  • Aynslee Myer

Olivet College Plans to Have In-Person Commencement for Class of 2021

Commencement ceremonies have taken a turn in the past year. Most of them are virtual and seniors are not getting to walk across the stage.

Olivet College did everything they could to have an in-person commencement ceremony to honor their seniors. Chair of Commencement Planning Committee Mike Fales shared how things were going to be done and what was different this year.

“Each participating gradate will be able to bring one or more guest. The number will change according to our Olivet Cares Covid-19 guidelines and pandemic conditions. The program for commencement is not finalized but it will be different because they are honoring two graduating classes, 2020 and 2021. Olivet had a tradition of outdoor commencements for most of our history and he is pleased to say that it will be held outdoors again,” said Fales.

With last year’s graduating class not getting an in-person commencement on time, some of this year’s senior class shared how they feel about having an in-person commencement ceremony.

“I like that we are having an in-person graduation because this is the moment we have been waiting for since we came in our freshman year. Now our families can see us in one of the greatest moments of our lives,” said Mark Dowell, senior.

“I am really excited about have an in-person graduation. This will definitely be a year to remember got a long time to come. The class that has been through so much yet will still be able to power through it all together,” said Crystal Lettinga, senior. “Being able to walk with my friends will make it so much better than it being online. I cannot wait until May 22nd (sic) to walk with all my friends.”

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at the Cutler Event Center on campus. The outdoor celebration will allow for social distancing for the students and spectators. Masks will be mandatory for all in audience, all guests will be required to review the college’s campus visitor’s agreement. The commencement will also be professionally livestreamed for those who cannot attend. Of course, the commencement planning will follow all federal, state and local guidelines.

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