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Wilson’s traditional commencement takes place next fall, but almost 300 graduates will be recognized in a virtual Facebook ceremony next week.

The coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of the college’s traditional commencement ceremony this year; but Wilson College wanted to find a way to give graduates the culminating experience they’d been looking forward to since enrolling.

To provide seniors with that traditional graduation experience, Wilson plans two ceremonies. A brief, remote ceremony to confer degrees is planned on Facebook May 17, the original date for graduation.

Wilson offically holds its 150th commencement in traditional fashion Oct. 25, as part of of the college’s Homecoming weekend.

“At Wilson, we believe commencement is a sacred occasion for graduates and their families,” Fugate said.

The college is committed to recognizing the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 formally, he said.

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Graduates can return to campus for the October ceremony, along with their families and guests. Planning is getting underway and details will be announced in the coming months.

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