On Wednesday, President Ryan emailed the Class of 2020 to inform them that Final Exercises would be postponed to May 2021, after stating previously that Exercises would either take place this coming October or next May.
“Today, we can confirm that Final Exercises will be held on May 28-30, 2021,” Ryan said in the email, “assuming, as always, that public health regulations by that point permit large gatherings.”
The president said that the University made the decision in part because grounds won’t be able accommodate thousands of additional people on grounds in October, since fall reading days have been cancelled as part of the University’s plan for an in-person fall semester.
He also said that public health measures — both those mandated by the state and those set by the University — would prevent such a large gathering of people.
“We know this may be disappointing news for some of you,” Ryan said. “Our primary goal—beyond keeping you and everyone on Grounds safe—is to give you and your families the celebration you deserve, and one that reflects the special place the Class of 2020 will always hold in the history of this university.”