Casey announces commencement ceremony plans

A master's student rings out in Red Square on May 25, 2019. Class of 2020 students will have the chance to participate in a virtual bell ringing ceremony. (Marya Kuratova / McDaniel Free Press).

On April 30, President Roger Casey emailed the graduating class to provide an update on the commencement ceremony.

Casey had originally written on March 27 that this year’s commencement ceremony and related senior week activities would be canceled, but an alternate celebration would be developed “once we know what is safe and possible.”

In his update this week, Casey announced that the class of 2020 commencement ceremony will be held on the same date next spring as the class of 2021 ceremony.

“Though you will be sharing a commencement date, our class of 2020 ceremony will be separate and distinct from our class of 2021 ceremony, giving the class of 2020 a special opportunity to connect and celebrate together,” Casey wrote. “I look forward to welcoming you back on the Hill then.”

Casey also shared that the College will be hosting a virtual “Celebration Day” on May 23 this year, what would have been the day of the in-person commencement ceremony. Virtual events on this day will include a slideshow on the College website, as well as senior awards ceremonies, academic department and graduate program receptions, and a bell ringing ceremony.

Leading up to this celebration day, the Alumni Relations office will hold various virtual events as part of a senior week, as determined by a survey sent to seniors.

“As your final semester at McDaniel comes to an end in a way no one could have expected when it began, I continue to be amazed by your resiliency,” Casey’s email concluded. “I am proud of all you have accomplished during your time here on the Hill and especially want to acknowledge your flexibility in adapting to a new online learning environment. You have all demonstrated what your liberal arts education has taught you and shown that our community truly comes at any challenge like a Green Terror.”

More information about the virtual senior week and celebration day can be found here.