Posted August 3, 2020
Members of the graduating Class of 2020 received the following update from Saint Vincent College President Rev. Paul R. Taylor, O.S.B., on Monday, August 3, 2020.
Dear Class of 2020,
As we prepare for an unusual fall semester, we continue to evaluate all aspects of campus life, including the many events that are hosted at Saint Vincent each year for students, alumni, friends and members of the community.
In April, it was our hope to hold an in-person Commencement, even though delayed, on Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend. The pandemic has necessitated restrictions, however, that make events such as this impossible. With guidance and directives from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Centers for Disease Control, our gatherings on campus are limited to the point that an event such as Commencement cannot take place as we had originally planned. Therefore, we have made the decision to cancel the Commencement celebration for the Class of 2020 for the time being.
Without wanting to delay this too far, we continue to look for opportunities to celebrate this milestone in your life with you. While we would like to set another date for Commencement at this time, we do not want to promise you something with the possibility of plans changing once again. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.
For the same reasons related to social gatherings and the health and safety of our community, 2020 Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend events on campus are also cancelled and, instead, virtual events will be held that week.
These are decisions that were not made lightly. We fully understand the disappointment that comes with this news. Please continue to walk with us in these months, pray for the end of the pandemic and we will find the proper way to celebrate your graduation.
Until we are able to be together in person, please continue to pray for our students and for each other.