Student Update

Questrom Follow-up on Commencement 2020

March 26, 2020

From Susan Fournier, Allen Questrom Professor & Dean

Dear Questrom Class of 2020,

By now you have seen the communication from President Brown and a subsequent BU Today article announcing the postponement of all Boston University and Questrom May commencement ceremonies until late August or Fall. As the parent of a graduating senior, I understand that this news is incredibly sad. Still, I know I speak for all of us in saying that this is the right decision to protect the health and safety of our greater community.

Over the past two weeks, I have heard from many of our 2020 graduates and their student organizations voicing their desire for postponing the May commencement in order to preserve an in-person, on-campus, graduation ceremony. We embrace that desire: Questrom will hold our traditional commencement ceremonies for all graduating classes during the University commencement weekend, dates for which will be determined by May 1st.

Additionally, we are determined to celebrate and unite our graduates virtually in some way at the end of this historic Spring 2020 semester. Over the next several weeks, Questrom leadership will collaborate with our student leaders to co-create these plans. This, after all, is YOUR celebration and it is only right to engage you in designing a culminating experience that honors your achievements, celebrates your community,  and appropriately recognizes the incredible Questrom Class of 2020. Together, we will work hard to make May truly special.

As I have said before, this is not how any of us expected to end this academic year, but the resilience of our students, faculty, and staff as we come together to navigate these uncertain times has been and continues to be inspiring for us all. I am truly proud to be a member of this bold, brave, and agile community.

All my best,

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