Penn State students start a petition to have physical graduation ceremony amid virus crisis Harrisburg, PA — A petition started by Penn State students to have a physical graduation ceremony after the event was moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic is gaining support.
On Monday, April 6, 2020, Penn State made the decision to hold commencement ceremonies at all of its campuses online in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The virtual graduations are set to take place on May 9, 2020.
The petition states that the decision to hold a virtual graduation was “heartbreaking news for the class of 2020 who have already lost the end of their senior year.”
The Change.org petition also goes on to say that Penn State seniors were looking forward to graduation day as the coronavirus “robbed” them of their last moments in college.
The petition asks that Penn State postpone the ceremonies until it is safe to hold them physically rather than virtually to give seniors to properly celebrate the accomplishment they had been working for four years to achieve.
So far, the petition has over 3,400 signatures out of a desired 5,000.
You can view the petition here. Penn State students start a petition to have physical graduation ceremony amid virus crisis