Graduating seniors would usually be taking their graduation photos and preparing for commencement in the upcoming weeks but due to COVID-19, these traditions are taking place in a different way this year.
Temple previously announced they would not cancel the spring commencement ceremony, but instead postpone it. That date has yet to be announced, but President Englert announced an additional online celebration in the meantime.
“It would be impossible for us to let this special moment in your life go by without recognition of your hard work and perseverance,” Englert wrote in an email Thursday night, “We want you to know just how proud you make us.”
After receiving input from many, including graduating seniors, the University will host an interactive digital celebration on Thursday, May 7 at 11am, the effective “degree date” for the class of 2020 on Temple’s website.
The celebration will include crowd-sourced photos, videos, and messages of support and encouragement. It is also encouraged for seniors to use this time to reflect on who they have become and who they hope to be, using #Temple2020 on social media.
The University said they will share more information about a rescheduled date for the commencement ceremony as soon as stay at home restrictions are lifted and it is once again safe to gather in large groups.