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Penn State To Finally Recognize 2020 Graduates With ‘Commencement Weekend’

Two years later, Penn State will officially recognize its Class of 2020 with the in-person festivities they rightfully deserve.

Throughout the university’s “Commencement Celebration Weekend,” the Class of 2020 and their families can return to University Park for a full slate of events, including commencement ceremonies at the Bryce Jordan Center on Saturday, April 30. Graduates will walk the stage and receive individual recognition.

Commonwealth Campus graduates are also encouraged to visit University Park for the weekend celebration. Individual campuses are expected to reach out to their alumni for separate events, too.

Additionally, the Penn State Alumni Association will host events throughout the weekend. A full and detailed schedule should be released soon. Those attending the weekend’s festivities can also attend Penn State’s annual Movin’ On concert on Friday, April 29, which annually recognizes the final day of classes.

“I am so proud of the members of the Class of 2020 and the resilience they embodied as they navigated the pandemic,” Penn State President Eric Barron said in a release. “Even though these recent alumni have launched their lives and careers, it is important to me, and our entire University community, to welcome them back to campus for a special weekend in their honor and to celebrate their achievements as Penn Staters.”

Penn State says planned events will largely depend on how many Class of 2020 graduates register for the event. The university said alumni should check their emails to receive updates regarding the upcoming weekend.

Class of 2020 graduates can update their email addresses here to make sure they’ll receive updates from Penn State.

In a statement, Penn State said the weekend in 2022 offered “the best option” to provide an opportunity that’s exclusive to the Class of 2020 and their families. Traditional commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022 are set for the next weekend.

“We are so excited to welcome the Class of 2020 back to campus next spring,” said Paul Clifford, CEO of the Penn State Alumni Association. “We hope our alumni and their friends and families will join us for a weekend of special activities and events, as well as visit their favorite places on campus and in the Centre region.”

Penn State previously held virtual commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was in full swing last spring. Now, after months and months of waiting, those graduates are getting the send-off they deserve.

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Matt DiSanto

By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.


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