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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Poorman noted in his email.
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