Subject: Announcing the plans for Commencement 2020
Date: April 22, 2020

Dear colleagues,

In an effort to protect the health and safety of our community, we have decided to postpone our traditional Commencement ceremony until Saturday, October 3, 2020. This was not an easy decision to make, but I am grateful that this decision reflects the desires of an overwhelming majority of the Class of 2020 and considers input from families.

In the survey that I sent out to members of the Class of 2020 earlier this month and through conversations I’ve had with members of our parent council, it became clear that having a traditional in-person ceremony where every individual is recognized, both those students who are able to attend in October and those who cannot, was important to them. I also heard clearly their desire for us to provide a virtual way to remember their original graduation date in May. We are committed to delivering on both of those requests.

I am including a special video message I sent a few moments ago to our graduating seniors and also to their families. I want to thank you, in advance, for your patience as we work through additional details related to switching the Commencement ceremony to the fall and what that means for the many ceremonies that make the long weekend in May special for graduates and their families. We are committed to working together with you to find the best path forward. I encourage you to check out the Calvin Commencement website, where we have started a Frequently Asked Questions section.

Sincerely,

Michael K. Le Roy
President