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University to Host Fall Celebration for Class of 2020

Boston College will host a celebration for the Class of 2020 from Oct. 15 to 17, according to the BC Alumni and Friends webpage

The “Class of 2020 Celebration Weekend” follows the cancellation of two separate plans to hold a Commencement for the Class of 2020, as well as a revision of the Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2021, which will allow for each graduate to bring two guests.

On Oct. 16, there will be a tailgate exclusively for members of the Class of 2020 before the home football game against North Carolina State University. There will also be recognition for the graduates during the game, and on-field photo opportunities for the graduates and their families after the game, according to the page.

There will be a Baccalaureate Mass on the morning of Oct. 17, as well as a Degree Recognition Ceremony followed by a luncheon for the graduates, the page said.

Some hotels are offering personalized reservations for the weekend’s attendees, according to the webpage.

The University previously canceled a traditional Commencement planned for May of 2020 over COVID-19 concerns and social gathering restrictions. 

Shortly after undergraduate classes moved online in Spring of 2020, Quenton Koch, BC ’20, created a petition calling upon the University to hold an in-person Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020, even if it meant a delayed ceremony. The petition garnered 3,050 signatures. 

The University then canceled the rescheduled in-person Commencement planned for October 2020 due to restrictions from the City of Boston.

An email sent in September to the Class of 2020 announcing the cancellation of the rescheduled fall graduation said the University was in the planning stages for a first-year reunion for the class.

“Maybe it’s possible to have the senior toast, reenact the walk from Linden Lane to Lower Campus, host a few senior week activities, all culminating in a 1st year reunion class party!” Joy Moore, then vice president for Student Affairs, said in the email.

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May 13, 2021