Beacon College Commencement – Class of 2021
Although Beacon has been fortunate in its Responsible Community Initiative (RCI) implementation to safeguard the campus and those who work and reside within its boundaries, the influence of the pandemic has required continuous re-examination of the original College academic calendar. The community maintained, as a necessary placeholder, the date of Saturday, May 8 for the 2021 Commencement exercises. As the significant majority of graduates, both from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 desire to process with their classmates in a formal in-person ceremony, it is clear that the accommodation of this preference demands that Beacon postpone this celebration until the fall. Our planning and logistics are focusing on one of two dates: Saturday, September 25 or Saturday, October 2. There is much work to be done in orchestrating such an event on these alternative dates; thus our definitive plans will not be announced until Friday, May 21 (at which time we will have a far better picture of the state of the country with respect to vaccinations, public events, and the like). Of course, the College will ensure that the ceremony is live-streamed for those graduates and families who cannot attend in person.