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Virtual Commencement Event FAQs

As we conclude the 2019 - 2020 academic year, the members of the Class of 2020 have made us proud by demonstrating tremendous resilience. Commencement marks the end of a unique academic experience for the Class of 2020. Although extraordinary circumstances prevent us from gathering in person at the end of the academic year, we will, through this year’s virtual commencement event on May 30, come together to honor our exceptional class of soon-to-be Skidmore College graduates.

The event will be held at 11 am., Eastern Daylight Time, on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

A link to the event will be shared with graduating seniors and their parents, as well as the Skidmore community, next week. We will also post this information on the Commencement website

Skidmore has streamed its past commencements through the College’s web site, and the livestream has proven to be reliable and accessible. There still could be delays in transmission because of internet speed or signal strength.

The speakers will deliver their remarks “live” but also record remarks ahead of time in the event that technical issues occur on May 30. Other elements of the event will be developed ahead of time due to the nature of the content.

Leading up to the virtual commencement event, family members and loved ones can contribute a sentiment to their graduating senior. This sentiment will appear on the #Skidmore2020 aggregation page.

As with all Skidmore College programming, we are committed to providing an accessible and inclusive commencement event for students and their loved ones. Access considerations have been an important part of the planning process. We can assure you that captioning of all remarks will be provided.

We will try to convey some of the elements of a traditional commencement remotely. These include greetings and live speeches by Skidmore’s President, Philip A. Glotzbach; by Senior Class President, Jinan Al-Busaidi ’20; and by Jennifer C. Mueller, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Director of Skidmore’s Intergroup Relations Program, whom the senior class selected to be the faculty speaker at this year’s Commencement.  We will also present a virtual scroll during the livestream that will include the name of each senior. Finally, the virtual Commencement event will include a slideshow of photographs of seniors and their friends during their time at Skidmore.

We will not be presenting honorary degrees at the virtual Commencement event. We are planning to present honorary degrees to this year’s recipients at a rescheduled physical ceremony for members of the Class of 2020 that will take place at a future date and time (TBD)

We know that seniors and their loved ones very much want to hear from Skidmore faculty and staff. To that end, we intend to convey greetings, congratulations, and expressions of support from faculty and staff to the Class of 2020 via the #Skidmore2020 aggregation page.

Yes. After the event concludes, the video will be made available on demand and for download.

On Friday, May 15, the Board of Trustees and the Skidmore faculty approved degrees for the Class of 2020. Members of the Class of 2020 thus became Skidmore graduates on that date (though their degree date will be Saturday, May 16). There will be a moment during the Saturday, May 30 virtual Commencement event when President Glotzbach will, as he would at an in-person Commencement, mark in a symbolic fashion, the conferral of degrees by asking the graduates to move their cap tassels from right to left.

Similar to the pre-Commencement “Celebration” package that all seniors will receive, Skidmore will send a separate package with each senior’s diploma during the week of May 18.

Skidmore will host a physical celebration of the Class of 2020 at a future date (TBD) when it is safe to do so.

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