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Brown University Class of 2020 Commencement

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About a year ago, the Class of 2020 was sent home from campus unsure of when they would be able to return. They were assured verbally and in writing on multiple occasions, however, that they would be welcomed back someday to celebrate their accomplishments.Now, they are being told that Commencement is not feasible for the class of 2020, and will instead have a virtual reunion, a decision made without including the student body of the Class of 2020.

There is simply no reason that a special on-campus, in-person reception and a walk through the Van Wickle gates with caps and gowns cannot be planned for the Class of 2020. Even if they have to wait an extra year and postpone Commencement until 2022, reunion weekend is always one that draws thousands to College Hill. Adding extra seats to the Main green for the members of the Class of 2020 that decide to attend and their families, and allowing them to finally walk through the gates with caps and gowns when it is safe to do so would not involve a burdensome amount of additional work and planning. Many things were taken from the Class of 2020 that cannot be replaced, but an in-person Commencement should not be one of them. Sign and share if you agree!

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