WAYNE – Wayne State College spring of 2020 graduates who were hoping to walk across the Willow Bowl stage this summer will no longer get that chance, but will have an opportunity to attend any future commencement.
According to a post from WSC president, Marysz Rames, the college has regretfully ended efforts to host an in-person commencement ceremony this summer for their spring 2020 graduates due to continued compilations regarding COVID-19. Many factors played a part in the college’s decision, especially those that affected attendance, decorum and tradition.
Restrictions and guidance regarding crowd sizes would have meant moving the ceremony to Memorial Stadium from the traditional Willow Bowl site. Logistics would have also required limiting the attendance of faculty, staff, family members and guests which would have required the college to host multiple ceremonies to accommodate everyone.
In light of this cancellation, WSC officials are extending the invitation for spring 2020 grads to return to Wayne State to take part in a commencement ceremony of their choice on any spring or winter graduation date in the future. A 30-day notice will be needed prior to the event so they can plan for extra participants. Graduates will be recognized during the ceremony they plan to attend.
President Rames is asking graduates to hold on to their caps, gowns and honors cords (any cords that have not been received in the mail will be mailed soon) to be ready to walk in a future ceremony at WSC. Again, Wayne State College officials regret this cancellation, but are excited at the thought of welcoming everyone back to campus in the future.