Le Moyne Postpones 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

Given the recommendations from multiple government and health agencies limiting the number of people at gatherings, along with the ongoing uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 health emergency, Le Moyne College announced on Tuesday, March 24 that it has postponed its two 2020 commencement ceremonies.

The ceremonies would have taken place the weekend of May 15 to 17, with the graduate student ceremony on Friday, May 15 on the Le Moyne campus and the undergraduate ceremony on Sunday, May 17 at the Expo Center located at the New York State Fairgrounds. In addition to the ceremonies, the weekend also featured a number of other activities, including the Honors Convocation, Baccalaureate Mass and other events for students and their families. The weekend also traditionally serves as the class reunion for members of the class celebrating their 50-year, in this case the Class of 1970. The College also postponed the 2020 Reunion Weekend, which would have taken place May 29, 30 and 31 on campus.

“This was a difficult decision, but one that is the right one in light of the extraordinary circumstances we are facing,” said Le Moyne President Linda LeMura. “Although the details are uncertain at this time, we will celebrate commencement with the Class of 2020 on campus. As I told our seniors ‘While I can’t change what has happened, and I can’t take us back in time, I can promise you that I will find ways to celebrate the courage and passion of the Class of 2020. And while much of the planning is still taking place, I can promise you this much: you will have a commencement ceremony. You will walk across a stage, and I will hand you your diploma. You will be back on this campus and we will cheer your accomplishments.’ ”

As part of the planning process, seniors and student leaders will be invited to make suggestions and provide feedback as work to plan these alternatives unfolds.