Central State University will stream a virtual commencement ceremony for its spring 2020 graduates Saturday, May 16.
President Cynthia Jackson-Hammond will preside over the ceremony, which will be streamed on the university's Facebook page. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. EDT and award about 266 diplomas.
Central State opted to conduct the virtual commencement to comply with statewide restrictions on large gatherings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, there will be no physical gathering of students or guests for the event.
Graduates will receive their degrees by mail. And a recording of the virtual ceremony will be available on the CSU commencement webpage following the Facebook event.
"The Central State University 2020 Virtual Commencement provides an opportunity for every deserving graduate, to mark this occasion and personal milestone," said CSU Provost Pedro Martinez. "Even during this difficult and uncertain time, we believe that virtually recognizing this accomplishment is a great way to honor our graduates."
The prerecorded ceremony will include university officials in traditional commencement regalia at Central State's Paul Robeson Auditorium, musical performances, special guests, and the commencement address. All virtual commencement recordings took place in full accordance with statewide social distancing requirements to ensure the health and safety of all participants.
Members of CSU's Class of 2020, their friends, families, and Centralians everywhere are invited to gather online and make this the largest CSU commencement ever, as university leadership recognizes graduates and confers their degrees.