To honor senior achievements and adhere to social distancing guidelines, on Saturday, November 21, 2020, Savannah State University will be hosting its virtual 196th Commencement ceremony for graduate and undergraduate students!

 This is the day to plan your watch parties and celebrate with family and friends. The virtual commencement will be a pre-recorded closed caption celebration. The event will be broadcast on YouTube, Facebook, and www.savannahstate.edu. Although the virtual commencement is held in November, graduate and undergraduates’ diploma and transcript will be dated December 12, 2020. Rehearsal for Commencement is scheduled for the Friday immediately before Commencement Day. This event will be pre-recorded in Tiger Arena on Friday, November 13, 2020. During the recording, student names will be called as they walk across the stage in their cap and gown, while wearing a mask and a photo will be taken.

 Students have worked hard to get to this special milestone in their life and this is an event that should be celebrated! 

November's commencement is not the first virtual ceremony the university has had to broadcast. Due to the same reasons for moving the commencement virtually for the Fall semester, which is the risk factors of spreading Covid-19, this was the exact reason for the first virtual commencement back in May 2020 for Spring graduates and undergraduates.

 I had the opportunity to interview two graduating seniors on their opinions, Cameron Middleton, a Civil Engineering major stated, "I have always dreamed of walking across the stage for my college degree and for COVID-19 to interrupt everything is very unfortunate". Amani Simmons, a Theatre major, expressed her opinion by stating, "Honestly, I hate that commencement is virtual, but my family and I are going to make the best out the circumstances and era. It’ll be a time of celebration and the happiest day of my life".

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