Commencement Update from President Lisa C. Freeman
June 29, 2020
I hope that all of you are well and finding success as we navigate these unusual times.
When I last wrote to you June 2, I shared my disappointment at having to cancel the August commencement ceremony and asked for some feedback on what sort of commencement experience you would prefer.
Well, the votes are in – and an overwhelming majority of those who responded said that they would prefer an in-person ceremony versus something done virtually. We are thrilled that so many of you are excited about sharing this experience with your friends and families, and I want you to know that we share your eagerness to celebrate this milestone together.
Prudence requires me to add, however, that a great deal of uncertainty remains around what type of guidelines will be in place for mass gatherings in the months ahead. I cannot promise a traditional commencement ceremony in a packed arena. What I can assure you of is that we are putting a tremendous amount of time and effort into devising options that will provide you with the recognition that you so richly deserve. When we are able to share some firm plans of how we can celebrate with you, we will be in touch so that all of us can circle that date on our calendars.
For now, if you want to take photos in your graduation regalia and/or plan to join us at a future in person event, we have extended the deadline for ordering a cap, gown and tassel (free of charge) until July 15. If you are interested in doing so, please visit https://niu.shopoakhalli.com and those items will be mailed to you.
For now, stay safe and stay well!
President Lisa C. Freeman