House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attend a commencement ceremony in the women’s Northampton-based Smith College — at least virtually, following the quarantine safety rules.
The remote commencement is scheduled for May 17th and will include the conferral of degrees and the reading of the names of every graduate. Speaker Pelosi will address the graduates along with the senior class President Toula Sierros, the Student Government Association president Rosalie Toupin, and the college president Kathleen McCartney.
“Although extraordinary circumstances prevent us from gathering in person this year, they will not preclude the rightful recognition of your accomplishments,” McCartney said in her statement. “Extraordinary circumstances require an extraordinary celebration, and so it shall be.”
The graduates of the women’s liberal arts college will receive their diplomas by mail. But Smith College still plans an actual in-person celebration on campus during the next academic year, when the quarantine will hopefully be over.
The Smith College class of 2020 comprises 635 undergraduates and 51 graduate students, reports NBC.