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FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University President Javier Cevallos announced this morning, May 21, that the University’s commencement for the Class of 2020 will be celebrated in 2021.

“Congratulations on completing your finals and wrapping up your academic requirements at FSU! As we approach your originally scheduled commencement date this Sunday, I’m reaching out with what I hope you will receive as good news. As you know, the COVID19 pandemic gave us no choice but to reschedule your commencement. While many other colleges and universities proceeded with virtual ceremonies, we remained determined to hold an in-person ceremony to celebrate your accomplishments,” wrote Cevallos.

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“Originally, we hoped we would be able to hold it at some point during the summer, but given the guidance we have received from state officials, that is no longer realistic. We were also hesitant to plan a ceremony during the winter because of the potential for a resurgence of COVID19 coinciding with the onset of the flu season,” wrote Cevallos.

“The University has decided to reschedule your commencement ceremony for Sunday, May 23, 2021. Your ceremony will be held that morning in the DCU Center in Worcester. It will be a joint ceremony for both undergraduate and graduate members of the Class of 2020. That afternoon, a separate joint ceremony will be held for the undergraduate and graduate Class of 2021,” wrote the University president.

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“All of you deserve to have your moment with your families, friends, and faculty – and with one another – to celebrate your accomplishments. We acknowledge, however, that for some of you, having the ceremony for the Class of 2020 in May 2021 is not ideal. Our hope is that it is seen as the closest situation to “normal” that we feel we can offer, by hosting at the same venue, and same time of year,” wrote Cevallos.

“We recognize that spring 2021 is a long way away. Please know that your diplomas will still be mailed to you this summer, as would normally occur in any other year. (During commencement, ceremonial proxy diplomas are handed to students on stage – not the actual diplomas.),” wrote Cevallos.

“I’d like to thank all of you for the grace and resilience you have demonstrated this past academic year.  You have navigated a truly difficult situation in a way that makes everyone at FSU proud. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments in person next year,” concluded Cevallos.

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