Celebrate 2020 graduates with Stanford

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Stanford will hold an in-person graduation celebration when state and county COVID-19 restrictions make gathering on campus possible.

Members of the Stanford community – from graduates and their families to continuing students to faculty and staff – are encouraged to watch via livestream a special celebration of 2020 graduates on Sunday, June 14, at 10 a.m. The livestream will last about 30 minutes and will be publicly accessible.

The celebration is scheduled for the same time as Stanford’s postponed Commencement. But it’s not intended to be a replacement for that venerable tradition, according to Matthew Tiews, associate vice president for campus engagement.

“The celebration on June 14 is a way to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of our students while we are geographically distributed,” he said. “It’s something we have planned in conversation with student leadership and other campus leaders. It’s not the same as graduation and not a substitute. We remain committed to an in-person graduation when that becomes possible.”

The celebration will reimagine traditions for a virtual setting, taking advantage of the opportunity to include multiple voices from the Stanford community. Featured will be reflections and recollections by 2020 graduates and inspirational messages from alumni – including some special guests – with words addressing students graduating in unusual times.

Read more in Stanford Report.