February 16: Email to the Class of 2020

Dear Class of 2020,

I’m reaching back out with an update on our plans for Commencement 2021. We have made the very difficult but necessary decision to hold a virtual commencement for 2021. This also means that we’re unable to bring the Class of 2020 to campus for an in-person ceremony this May.  

I’m sure this is disappointing for all of you, and, having been through this yourself last year, I’m sure you can empathize with how the Class of 2021 students feel. As much as we want to bring you all together for an in-person event, we need to keep your health and safety as our top priority. Due to the current travel and quarantine restrictions in the state of Vermont, the uncertain trajectory of the virus, and the timing of the vaccination roll-out, we will not be able to bring together people from all over the country this May.

In the coming weeks, you will hear from the Registrar’s office about how you will receive your honors stoles and cords. If you have any questions, please contact us at graduation@champlain.edu

We look forward to having an opportunity in the future to bring you to campus to reconnect with us and each other, relive your Champlain memories, and share your career journeys thus far. Champlain will always be your home, and we look forward to seeing you again when the time is right. 

We wish you a safe and healthy 2021.


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

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