Dear Faculty and Staff,
I’m writing to announce the postponement of our commencement ceremony scheduled for June 20. Our students have told us (via survey) that they would prefer an in-person celebration, and there continues to be too much uncertainty about whether it will be safe in June for us to gather. As a result of these factors, and in consultation with our commencement work group, we let our prospective graduates know today of the decision to postpone commencement to August 22. As you are probably aware, most colleges in the state and indeed the nation are following a similar path.
The message below was sent to graduating students.
Dear Peninsula College student,
I’m writing today to let you know that—after long and careful consideration—we have made the very difficult decision to postpone our traditional “face to face” June commencement ceremony until August 22.
Commencement is one of the most cherished moments in the lives of students and their loved ones. But protecting your health, and the health of our community, remains Peninsula College’s top priority in all of our decisions during this challenging time. Your feedback was also key in this decision: two-thirds of survey responses from you, our graduating sophomores, said you preferred waiting until August in hopes of walking across the stage in front of your families and guests, rather than attending a virtual ceremony in June.
Participating in commencement is one of the favorite parts of my job, and I’m hopeful we can gather to celebrate this joyous occasion in August.
For more information and updates as they become available, please visit the commencement page on our website. https://pencol.edu/Commencement
In the meantime, be safe and healthy, and good luck with your studies!
We fully understand the disappointment you feel about the turn of events that has disrupted spring quarter. Commencement is without doubt one of Peninsula College’s most cherished moments. But given the current state restriction prohibiting large gatherings and the likelihood this restriction will be extended, we have made the soundest decision possible. If you normally participate in commencement exercises, your dean/director will keep you informed about commencement planning.
I look forward to congratulating all of our graduating students and celebrating this joyous occasion with you in August.