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Upcoming Commencements

SPRING 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020
3:00 p.m.
Commencement broadcast link will be posted to the website. 

SUMMER 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020 
3:00 p.m.
Commencement broadcast link will be posted to website.

FALL 2020

Friday, January 8, 2020
3:00 p.m.
Commencement Broadcast link will be posted to website. 
 

Venue Location 

Virtual Ceremony Production 

  • We will work with an external video production company to film and produce the virtual event professionally.  
  • All filming will take place on Friday, December 18th, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m
  • Each graduate will sign up for a time to meet at the selected venue.  
  • During the graduate's designated time, they will be professionally filmed walking across the stage with their diploma cover. Diploma covers will be distributed on the day of production.  
  • Each graduate will also be featured in a cinematic “Heroes Shot” at the venue—where they will be filmed holding their diploma. This will be a great opportunity to show off elaborately designed graduation caps or to personalize their video shot!  
  • Graduates will also have individual photos taken by a professional photographer, Kabance Photography. 

Scheduling Your Time 

  • In the coming weeks, Fall graduates will be emailed a link to the sign-up sheet.
  • All graduates participating in the virtual graduation ceremony are required to designate their preferred time. 
  • The sign-up sheet will be organized by time and cohort, in 30-minute windows, with 10 students per window.  
  • For safety, efficiency and the respect of other graduates, it is important that they adhere to arriving at their scheduled time, maintain 6 feet physical distancing policies and wear a cloth mask.  

Recognizing Graduates with Honors 

  • We are combining the honors recognition with our virtual commencement ceremony. 
  • Students with Latin honors and/or receiving awards will be recognized during their individual procession or heroes shot. 

Goldfarb’s Spring and Summer 2020 Virtual Commencement Broadcast Link 

  • The link to the commencement will officially be available on Friday, January 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.  
  • The link will be posted to Goldfarb’s homepage so that viewers can watch/access it at any time. 
  • There is no cost to access the broadcast.  
  • Please practice local and national safety guidelines if you plan to hold a watch party! 
  • We will mail our graduates' a 2020 Fall Honors Convocation and Commencement Program prior to the broadcast. 

Keeping Graduates Safe 

  • We are asking that they please arrive 30 minutes before time slot, wait in vehicle.
  • Once inside the venue, graduates must wear a cloth mask until their filming starts. 
  • We will have hand sanitizer available at the venue. 
  • After graduates have completed filming, they must leave the venue. 
  • Graduates should come to designated entry 15 minutes prior to time slot. 
  • If a graduate is not feeling well, they are asked to please stay home. This is a good habit to follow for any illness but even more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does the filming on August 12th and 13th include graduate students?

  • Yes, all Summer and Spring 2020 graduates will be filmed during their designated day and time.

How will you recognize graduates who are receiving Latin Honors and other awards and recognitions?

  • Unfortunately, we will not have a separate Honors Convocation. The production company will receive a list of all honors/awards recipients. The final video will individually feature honorees.

Are we allowed to invite guests during our scheduled filming time?

  • No. Unfortunately, the Sheldon does not allow guests in the building during filming. With the increase in COVID-19 cases in our region and based on federal and local mandates, the Sheldon has strict guidelines regarding the number of people allowed in the venue at one time.

What if I cannot attend or decide not to participate in the video production of our commencement?

  • The final production of the commencement will include a photography segment for graduates who do not attend the filming but would still like to be recognized. Professional photographs will be taken on Monday, August 10, 2020, from 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. at the Duncan Campus for those who cannot attend the videotaping sessions.
  • The photographs will be added to the commencement's final production unless you indicate that you do not want it included. Photo sessions are being scheduled in 15-minutes incrementsPlease sign up using the following link by clicking on the "photo sign up" tab at the bottom of the page: 2020 Summer and Spring Commencement Sign Up Sheet
  • Because safety is our priority, we ask that you arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time slot. When entering the Duncan Campus to have your photograph taken, you must wear a mask and complete the screening process. If you are not feeling well, please stay home. This is a good habit to follow for any illness but even more important to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

What if I cannot attend the photography session on August 10, 2020?

  • We will be happy to include a photo you have taken in your cap and gown! Please try to take your picture in front of a neutral background, if possible, and email it to Tina Mays ([email protected]) by August 10, 2020. Any photos received after this date may not be included in final production of the video.

I cannot attend the filming of the commencement. Can I still be recognized by having my name read?

  • Yes. We will read the names of all Summer and Spring 2020 graduates, unless a graduate has opted out of filming, photography and/or video recognition. Additionally, graduates’ names, and any applicable awards and honors, will be listed in the video.

Will I receive my diploma cover and pin if I cannot attend the filming? 

  • Yes. If you do not attend the filming, we can mail your diploma cover and pin. Please notify Denise Davis ([email protected]) to ensure that you receive your items.

 


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