Dear 2019-20 Columbia College Chicago graduate:
I can’t believe it has been almost a year since you graduated. I hope that you are staying healthy and safe.
When I announced the cancellation of Columbia's in-person Commencement last May, I held out the possibility of adding one or two Commencement ceremonies in May 2021 for 2020 graduates and their guests. With that time now approaching, it is clear at this point that state and local public health regulations and the national health situation will still not allow for large in-person events this spring. Regrettably, therefore, the college will not hold in-person Commencement exercises in May.
Instead, we are devoting our resources to the production of a more complete and elaborate virtual Commencement than we were able to offer last year, including a multi-ceremony format, a fuller array of musical performances, and recognition of the graduation of individual students. A campus team is already at work on this project and we expect that the results will be spectacular. One of the ceremonies will be dedicated to the class of 2020, and I am writing to invite you to take part in it and celebrate your accomplishments and those of your fellow graduates. You will be able to access the ceremony on the Commencement website beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021. To further personalize the event, you can create a Celebration Slide that will be screened as part of a virtual tribute to the graduates. We ask that you submit it by April 1, 2021.
I look forward to honoring the achievements and shared experiences of the class of 2020. My very best wishes to you.
President and CEO