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There are 10 comments on Class of 2020 Commencement Planned for Next May

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    The class of 2020 should have their own commencement
    They should not be combined with the class of 2021
    Why not hold 2020 class in June or September during alumni week. Most likely they will have vacation time saved up from their job. It probably would be smaller than if they had graduated originally but they really need to have their own . It will not feel the same.
    The young people today have been brought up to feel they are special and “dont rain on my parade”

  2. Wouldn’t this be rude to the Class of 2021? It just seems like BU is giving the class of 2020 the pedestal by them saying “oh just share with 2021 even though yours was a year ago.” Like I know 2020 had it rough and it could not have been easy for many of the students but it seems almost offensive to 2021. Just a thought …

  3. Don’t combine 2020 and 2021 graduations on the same weekend! That’s not fair to either class. Hotels, parking, and crowding are already big issues during commencement weekend for one class, so doubling the numbers sounds like a logistical nightmare. Hotels are already doubling and tripling their room rates around commencement and now you are asking parents and former students (who no longer have student housing) to return to Boston on the same weekend. You can do better.

  4. I don’t see any issue with sharing the weekend among 2020 and 2021. All the security protocols will be in place, as will the physical setup on the field. Makes total sense from BU’s perspective. I agree the hotels capitalize on Commencement weekends and jack up their rates but that happens pretty much any weekend in May as there are so many colleges in the Boston area.

  5. I am very sorry that the Class of 2020 did not get the traditional commencement they deserved but now taking that from the Class of 2021 is the most insensitive suggestion possible. Why ruin graduation for two classes? They each deserve their own ceremony. I agree with ‘concerned parent’ – the logistics will be a nightmare for the families and students. And what about the LENGTH of a double ceremony? Yes – “Ronaldo” – it may make total sense from BU’s perspective but this is not about convenience for staff and faculty. This day is about celebrating the STUDENTS and their PARENTS who have made sacrifices and paid four years of tuition to have it culminate in this ONE day. It should planned with what’s best for them and that is to have their separate ceremonies and each class recognized accordingly. Don’t let this pandemic ruin two graduations BU!

  6. I’m so upset my son no graduation class 2020 he worked so hard & we paying 4 years tuition I don’t mind anytime but wish class 2020 should have own celebration !

    1. The Class of 2020 will have an in-person Commencement on October 2. Find more information here [http://www.bu.edu/articles/2021/in-person-commencement-for-class-of-2021-planned-for-may-16-unless-city-requires-virtual-ceremony/]

      1. This is not a separate commencement but a makeshift during alumni weekend. It is wholly inadequate for families who have waited for more than a year.

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