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Lebanon Valley College Announces 2020 and 2021 Commencements; Intends In-person Fall 2021 Semester

LVC celebrates 2019 Commencement

Lebanon Valley College (LVC) will hold in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 in May and intends to hold in-person learning for the Fall 2021 semester, President James MacLaren announced today.

The Class of 2020 Commencement will be held Saturday, May 22. Dr. Lewis Thayne, who served as president until last June, will attend the ceremony. The Class of 2021 Commencement will be held Sunday, May 23. Strict safety protocols will be in place. Graduates will be spaced apart in Sorrentino Gymnasium, and family members—limited to two per graduate—will watch via live stream from a separate space in the Arnold Sports Center. “We want to honor the hard work and resilience of our graduates. While the ceremony won’t look like those in the past, we’re doing everything we can to make it a special day,” said MacLaren.

LVC successfully held in-person classes and opened residence halls in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. Dr. MacLaren said the College intends to hold in-person learning and open campus residences in accordance with state and federal pandemic guidelines. The fall semester begins August 30.

“We are seeing hopeful signs in our fight against the pandemic, in large part due to the success of the national vaccination program,” MacLaren said. “While we have to remain vigilant about our personal safety, as well as get our vaccinations when it is our turn, we’re optimistic that students will get the full on-campus experience they have been wanting.” LVC is strongly encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and is exploring the option of requiring students to be vaccinated ahead of the fall campus return.

Unlike other institutions across the United States, LVC did not need to furlough or reduce staff. Undergraduate enrollment saw minimal declines, and graduate and professional studies enrollment increased during the academic year. Dr. MacLaren credits students, faculty, and staff for following state and CDC guidelines and the robust contact tracing, quarantining, isolating, and surveillance testing programs that were in place. Students, faculty, and staff could choose from flexible online options if they had health concerns. 

“While we are taking nothing for granted,”  MacLaren said, “if we all continue to be careful about following the guidelines to protect ourselves and our friends and families, we will be able  to enjoy a full college experience in the coming months and beyond.”