There is a palpable energy and a sense of exuberance at a college commencement. Wearing a cap and gown crowns the achievement of many years of hard work. At the graduation commencement, students, families, faculty and administration mutually celebrate the graduate’s academic accomplishments.
For several years, CUNY SPS has been holding its annual graduation celebration at the David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center. The grand venue lends elegance to the affair. However, this May, graduates will be receiving their degrees without the normal pomp and circumstance. This past Friday, Dean Mogulescu confirmed that the 2020 CUNY SPS commencement is postponed due to the coronavirus. The graduation commencement is yet another disruption to student life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even though the observance is not cancelled, it is impossible to anticipate when or how commencement celebrations will actually happen. Graduating students are expressing disappointment, while recognizing that health and safety must come first.
For the next few weeks, each Monday, The Kiosk will feature a video story of a student sharing their graduation story. If you have a story you wish to share, please contact us. The video below is the story from former The Kiosk editor in chief, Milan Fredricks.