Protests At U Of M Over May 2021 Virtual Graduation

Mar 7, 2021

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Parents and students have held a rally to show their displeasure with the University of Michigan’s decision to forgo a traditional in-person spring graduation. Some families believe the university is being too conservative in Ann Arbor. They note that other schools are planning to hold in-person ceremonies, despite the pandemic. U-M is planning to hold graduation in a virtual format with speeches on May 1. The school is also planning a number of in-person experiences, including professional photographs at Michigan Stadium.

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Today Notre Dame announced plans to hold in-person commencement. 

(You can read more in the release below.) 


In a message today to the University of Notre Dame community, President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., provided updates on the University Commencement Ceremonies in May for the classes of 2020 and 2021, as well as for alumni reunions in June.

Sunday ND Holds First Ever Virtual Commencement

May 14, 2020
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Sunday the University of Notre Dame will take its commencement ceremony online for the first time ever.

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Ball State University says it will likely reschedule graduation ceremonies cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions for either the summer or the fall, depending on what state recommendations are still in place.

When Ball State cancelled its early May spring commencement, it sent out a survey on what to do next.  The school says the more than 4,000 responses overwhelmingly showed people wanted an in-person ceremony, not a virtual effort.

Holy Cross College is postponing it’s graduation ceremony until Labor Day weekend due to the coronavirus.

NEW: Notre Dame's 2020 Commencement Moves Online

Mar 30, 2020
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Notre Dame just announced that, like many other universities, the Spring 2020 graduation will not be held in person due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Ball State Cancels Spring Commencement Ceremonies Because Of COVID-19

Mar 23, 2020
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Ball State University has cancelled its scheduled May commencement ceremonies as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email, President Geoffrey Mearns says it is following “increasingly aggressive guidelines” from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local emergency plans.

Mearns says he understands the disappointment as a parent.  Two of his children are college seniors at other schools, and he says their commencements were also cancelled.

Notre Dame Announces 2020 Commencement Speaker

Feb 24, 2020
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Today Notre Dame announced that Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew will deliver the address to graduates during the university's 175th commencement ceremony. 

Here is the university's statement that was released: 

Patriarch Bartholomew, Orthodox Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, will deliver the principal address and receive an honorary degree at the University of Notre Dame’s 175th commencement ceremony May 17.

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Commencement at Notre Dame was held earlier on Sunday and moved indoors due to weather.  Here is the university's recap of the event:

UPDATE: Notre Dame Moves Commencement Indoors

May 18, 2019
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From Notre Dame:

Due to the high probability of heavy rain and lightning, the University of Notre Dame has moved its 174th University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday (May 19) to Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, beginning two hours earlier than scheduled, at 8 a.m. Individual diploma ceremonies also will start earlier than scheduled, at noon Sunday.

Pence Tells Taylor University Graduates To 'Stand Up' For Faith

May 18, 2019

U.S. Vice President and former Indiana Gov. Mike Pence warned graduates at Taylor University’s commencement Saturday morning they should be “prepared to stand up” in the face of “opposition” to their religious beliefs.

Commencement Is This Weekend At Notre Dame

May 13, 2019
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The University of Notre Dame issued the following release of information about this weekend's graduation ceremonies:  

The University of Notre Dame will confer 3,147 degrees during Commencement Weekend Saturday and Sunday (May 18 and 19) on campus.

Gov. Holcomb To Deliver Ball State Commencement Address

Apr 8, 2019

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to become the first Indiana governor to deliver a spring commencement speech at Ball State University.

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ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Presidential daughter/granddaughter Barbara Pierce Bush has canceled her planned commencement address at northeastern Indiana's Trine University.

The university announced Friday that the granddaughter of George Herbert Walker Bush and the daughter of George W. Bush pulled out of the address planned for Saturday because of a family health emergency.

Bush is a humanitarian and the board chair of Global Health Corps, which she co-founded in 2009 to engage young people in solving the world's biggest health challenges.