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Plans for commencements, Reunion Weekend

March 10, 2021

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While hopeful that we can come together in celebration in the not too distant future, we do not believe we can safely proceed with planning any in-person gatherings of several hundred people at this time. We are, however, working on re-fashioning some of our large gatherings into alternative smaller in-person gatherings. As we continue to work together to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 and monitor the speed of access to vaccinations, the university has approved the suspension or modification of the following events:

Winona May commencement

Minnesota COVID-19 guidance permitting, Saint Mary’s continues to explore options for some type of in-person commencement ceremony at the College for the Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 completed a brief survey about what commencement traditions are most important to them which will inform decision-making. State guidance on gatherings and COVID-19 mitigation efforts will, in all likelihood, preclude graduates’ families, friends, and other guests from attending. There is still a possibility that May’s commencement will have to be conducted virtually, if any surges in COVID-19 occur before commencement. We will continue to communicate with our 2021 college graduates about our planning and what is possible.

Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs June commencement

Saint Mary’s University has decided to again conduct its June commencement ceremonies for our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs virtually. As it has for the two most recent commencements, graduates have been invited to order regalia and submit a photo for the virtual celebration on June 5.

June Reunion Weekend

Following state and federal guidance, we have determined we cannot safely accommodate the number of alumni expected to attend this June’s Reunion Weekend in Winona, which was planned to include special activities for the Class of 2020. We will honor this year’s deserving Alumni Award recipients virtually, and will look forward to in person gatherings post the pandemic. We will be working with the anniversary classes and the Class of 2020 about alternative virtual programming.

Again, we so wish that we were able to be unrestricted as we all want to be together to celebrate these momentous occasions. We remain steadfast and resilient and know we will be together soon.