Dear Graduate Students,
I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and doing well. I write to update you on the graduate commencement ceremony planned for late August on the campus of Worcester State University.
Phase III of Reopening Massachusetts announced earlier this month provided information we hoped would allow us to hold our graduate commencement ceremony in person, and in a safe and responsible manner. However, restrictions on large public gatherings with more than 50 people are still in place, which would prohibit our ability to hold Commencement on campus. Regrettably and for the safety of our graduates, faculty, staff, and the public, we must pivot the Graduate Commencement Ceremony to a virtual event. This is not the news I wanted to share with our graduate students following the announcement in June of the virtual Commencement for the undergraduate Class of 2020. However, this is the best outcome given the current information we have from the Commonwealth and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Our virtual graduate commencement ceremony will be held at the same date and time as previously announced, which is Friday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. In the event that other obligations prevent your participation on this designated day and time, the virtual ceremony will be archived and available for future viewing. We are planning to make this virtual Commencement a memorable experience for graduate students and their families and supporters. The Graduate School will reach out directly to graduates with additional information concerning the virtual event.
I appreciate your resilience and continued patience as we work to finalize your culminating event with Worcester State University. Be well and take care. Please do not hesitate to email me directly at email@example.com  should you have any questions.
Barry M. Maloney