October 27, 2020
Executive Staff Submission
Mercy College December 2020 Commencement in Toledo and Youngstown
Commencement at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral or at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Reception Hall (Option 1)
The commencement ceremony in Toledo is scheduled to be held on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, and the Youngstown ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, December 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. at The Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Reception Hall. All 2020 graduates have been invited to participate in the celebration, which includes the following outreach (email, text messages, and phone calls) to May and August graduates, and the December candidates for graduation.
Due to health and safety concerns, commencement ceremonies will look very different. The processional and recessional are prohibited by the Cathedral and the Reception Hall. Also, we will have a soloist who will sing our hymns, and all other participants will be asked not to sing to reduce the aerosol spread. Each ceremony will also have a student speaker in lieu of both a commencement speaker and a student speaker.
May and August graduates and December candidates for graduation must RSVP to participate.
Toledo Graduate RSVP
Youngstown Graduate RSVP
The safety of everyone is of utmost importance to Mercy College! Please do not attend if you have any symptoms of the coronavirus or the flu/cold.
Graduates will be permitted to bring three guests to the Cathedral or to the Reception Hall, and face coverings that cover both the nose and mouth must be worn at all times while in the venues and all social distancing guidelines will be enforced. In Toledo, students will be assigned to one of up to four ceremonies to attend depending on the number of participants. Since guests will be limited and most of the Mercy College community will not be attending, we are exploring live stream options in both Toledo and Youngstown. We ask that only children who can wear a face mask for the duration of the ceremony (one hour) attend. It is preferred that guests accompanying the graduates are adults.
Contingent upon health and safety conditions in each location on Monday, December 7, 2020, a final decision will be made by college administration along with incident command regarding the ceremony outlined in Option 1 or to move to Option 2 or 3.
On-Campus Drive Through Ceremony in Toledo and/or Youngstown (Option 2)
- One car per graduate
- Diploma and programs presented
- Photo opportunity with Mercy College President
Virtual Ceremony in Toledo and/or Youngstown (Option 3)
- Fully online
- Names read
- Diplomas and programs mailed
Option 3 will be used only if the State of Ohio is operating under a stay-at-home order.
The most current information about graduation and commencement is at www.mercycollege.edu/graduation. Please direct any questions to email@example.com.
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