Decision on Guests at Graduation Coming Soon

By Olivia Perron, Currier Times Staff//

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The college recently announced that the class of 2021 and the class of 2020 will be able
to have an in-person graduation. But, the question remains, will graduates be allowed
guests? Curry College is optimistic that guests will be allowed for both commencements this
May.


“We are hopeful that we’ll be able to allow grads to bring two guests, but we won’t know
that until early May, and we’re committed to communicating May 3rd, I believe it is,” said Curry College president, Kenneth Quigley.

Seating plans for commencement are coming into sharper focus. Chairs will be spread out across the Katz football field and
will follow CDC guidelines of social distance spacing. If guests are allowed, they will be seated with the graduate in their own “commencement pod.”

Graduates are now able to set up cap and gown orders. For further information on how to do so, connect with the Bookstore.
For the Class of 2020, the in-person graduation will be held Saturday, May 22nd. The following day, May 23rd, will be the commencement for the Class of 2021. The ceremonies will take place on the Walter M. Katz
Field, rain or shine.

Details of how the procession will look, are also expected by May 3rd. Administration officials said it is likely that speeches and any songs will be pre-recorded, and that the graduation ceremony will be shorter than years past.

Nick Gentili, a 2021 Nursing major, was thrilled to be able to come back to campus for
his graduation.

“After a rough two years of COVID to have an in-person graduation would be very
exciting for the class of 2021 to celebrate all our hard work,” said Gentili.

Jillian Recko, a 2020 graduate with a Communication degree, is glad her graduating class can still have a graduation.

“I think it is very exciting that we will have a chance to celebrate, even though it is a year
later, with all of our classmates,” said Recko.

While waiting for the final decision on whether guests will be allowed may leave some students on the edge of their seats,
most students are glad they are able to have graduation after their time and hard work spent here
at Curry College.

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