Gannon Vitelli ~ Breaking News Editor
The University of Lynchburg announced this week that the 2021 graduation ceremony will be held in-person on Thursday, May 20.
It was also announced that all graduates will be allowed to invite up to two guests. All final plans will be released by Lynchburg on April 1. The governor of Virginia is planning to ease restrictions as far as limits on groups, which will impact the university’s final decisions.
On May 21, the class of 2021 graduate students will attend their commencement, and on May 22, the class of 2020 undergraduates and graduates will attend their commencement.
Lynchburg originally announced that guests would not be allowed at graduation. Many students were upset with the initial decision, but they are now excited to see that their school has changed its plans.
Senior at Lynchburg, Trevor Burch, said, “I am glad the University of Lynchburg stayed true to their promise to actually give us the best experience possible.”
Lynchburg’s ability to keep cases of COVID-19 at a minimum these past two semesters has given the school more room for guests to visit campus. Students will have more normalcy to their commencement than was expected earlier this semester.
Class of 2020 graduates who were unable to have their graduation on time, but after a lot of planning, they will be able to meet this May to celebrate their college experience with guests in attendance.
There will also be a virtual option for students or families to view which will show all three events. This gives the opportunity for those unable to attend to see their family and friends graduate as well.
In a recent email, the president of the University of Lynchburg, Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar, said, “Commencement is one of life’s most significant milestones and I assure you that the University is doing all in our power to provide you with the best experience possible.”