UD President wants future graduates’ thoughts on commencement


As expected, the University of Delaware postponed its 2020 commencement, with UD President Dennis Assanis asking future grads for their ideas.

Assanis wrote in an Email message, “We’ve had to take a series of responsible, yet drastic measures to keep our community safe and healthy. Unfortunately, this now means that we must postpone our plans for the traditional Commencement ceremony scheduled for May. Importantly, this is not a cancellation.”

Calling commencement “perhaps my favorite day of the year,” Assanis added, “We are committed to giving the amazing Class of 2020 a wonderful send-off in true Blue Hen style.”

UD officials are weighing the multiple factors in staging an event as complex as commencement to determine the best course ahead.

While discussions are already underway between administrators and select student leaders, Assanis is expanding that discussion via email to students scheduled to receive a degree at this year’s commencement.

His communication seeks active input of all affected students, asking them to share their thoughts to help the administration make an informed decision for commencement planning ahead. Students were asked to complete the survey by April 9.

“This is your celebratory moment, and only with your input can we make it meaningful for you,” Assanis said in the email.

The university asked its students to leave campus by March 17, extended spring break by a week and moved all courses online via remote learning when the spring semester resumed March 30.

Details about the university’s response to the pandemic are posted on UD’s specialcoronavirus website.

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