February 16: Email to Graduating Champlain College Online Students

Dear Students,

I’m reaching out with an update on our plans for Commencement 2021 and to share that we have made the difficult decision to hold a virtual commencement this May.  

While this isn’t what any of us hoped for, we are committed to giving you a virtual commencement ceremony that marks this momentous achievement and celebrates your hard work and contributions to the Champlain College community. The good news about a virtual ceremony is that all of our students and their loved ones—from every walk of life and corner of the globe—can connect to share in the joy of getting to the finish line! 

We made this decision out of our care and responsibility for your health and safety and that of our community, which has consistently been our highest priority during this pandemic. With the current travel and quarantine restrictions in the state of Vermont, and the uncertain trajectory of the virus, we are not able to host a large-scale in-person event.

That said, we are excited to celebrate YOU with a joyful, meaningful, personal, and memorable virtual commencement ceremony that lifts up your class, and showcases your time at Champlain. This will take place on May 15, 2021, and will include speakers from your class and the community, the reading of names of every graduating student, send-offs from your Champlain faculty, and much more. We have received feedback from many of you via our Commencement survey and are using it to plan how we celebrate together. We will be reaching out to you for stories about your Champlain experience to make the ceremony special.

In the coming weeks, you will hear from the Registrar’s office about specific details and actions you will need to take leading up to Commencement, including ordering regalia, updating your information for your diploma, and more. We will keep the Commencement 2021 website updated with more information. If you have any questions, please contact us at graduation@champlain.edu

We know this is not what you were hoping for when you first started your Champlain journey. What the pandemic does not and cannot change is our pride in your accomplishments and our desire to honor your Champlain experience and your future success. I thank you for your understanding and look forward to celebrating you this May.


Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D.
President, Champlain College

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