UP 2021 commencement to be held virtually

By William Seekamp | February 22, 2021 11:59pm

An email sent on Feb. 22 from Fr. Mark Poorman announced that Commencement for the class of 2021 will be held virtually.

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University President Fr. Mark Poorman announced today that UP’s 2021 Commencement will be held virtually for the second year in a row due to COVID-19 concerns. UP plans to celebrate the class of 2021 in-person at a later date. 

“I know that this news may come as a disappointment to some,” Poorman said in a campus-wide email. “... As always, however, UP will prioritize the health and safety of community members and seek to play a responsible role in helping to bring about an end to the pandemic.”

The decision was recommended by the commencement exploration committee, a group composed of graduating seniors, faculty and staff, and was accepted by the President’s Leadership Cabinet.

The commencement ceremony is still tentatively scheduled for May 9 at 1 p.m. 

Feedback and suggestions surrounding the 2021 commencement can be sent to commencement@up.edu, Poorman noted in his email.

William Seekamp is the Sports Editor for The Beacon. He can be reached at seekamp22@up.edu.