According to the college, the graduation weekend from 5 to 7 August will include a procession, a barbecue and a keynote speaker.
The delayed grand opening of the 2020 class will take place between August 5 and 7, the academy announced. These plans, which include a keynote speaker’s speech and a barbecue lunch, come after the previous class opening ceremony, which will take place in the summer of 2021. postponed indefinitely.
According to the deputy director for the engagement of alumni, Briana Stein, the factors of summer weather, the availability of housing and the consideration of the alumni schedule were taken into account when choosing the date of the ceremonial opening. The gala weekend will include “traditional elements” such as bookshelves, processions and music College website. The main ceremony will take place on August 6 at 10:00, followed by a barbecue lunch.
The early 2020 planning committee consists of more than 40 members of the 2020 class, according to the start-up website. Emma Alter ’20 is a member of the ceremonial subcommittee, which she says consists of five members who meet once a month.
“When I talk to my friends about it, I think everyone is very excited to have an excuse to go back to campus and meet again, but I think it’s mixed,” Alter said. “It’s a little late in the game: we graduated two years ago and some people got over it.”
Esther Oluokun ’20 shared similar feelings about accepting the event in the 2020 class. While Oluokun said most of her friends planned to return, she added that some of them “simply no longer see the point of walking.”
Both Alter and Oluokun said the solemn ceremony had sentimental value for them and their families for the 1920s.
“For a lot of people, getting started is something you want to do with your family,” Alter said. “You want to celebrate graduation with your parents.”
Returning students will be accommodated in dormitories during the boarding weekend. According to Stein, the weekend of August 5 was chosen partly because he had the most apartments in the area at that time. Even before the college made this statement, Oluokun said she “hoped” that boarding schools would be provided.
“It would be great if they put us all in our dorms to relive the last weekend in Dartmouth,” Oluokun said.
According to Alter, accommodation on the school premises will only be available to students; Guests will need to find the hotels they say they can already be booked. Alter also noted that problems finding a place to stay may discourage some 2020 class members from attending the opening weekend.
According to Stein, the organizers of the start are looking for partner institutions that organized similar events for their classes in 2020 to measure possible participation. According to Stein, the registration has not yet opened and the keynote speaker has not yet been appointed. She added that the college has not yet selected which dormitories will serve as housing for returning members of the 2020 class.
Stein also said the committee had scheduled various events over the weekend to try to “mimic” the aspects that come with the spring. Campus and affinity group activities are scheduled for the first two days of the event. Oluokun said she is most looking forward to meeting members of The Rockapellas and Pi Theta Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Given the two years since the planned end date of the 2020 class, Oluokun said there is plenty of time to think. In particular, she added that the class would be able to experience the opening ceremony in 2020 without the pressure to end the course, unlike some previous classes, which she said described the event as a “blur”.
“We’ve all been thinking for two years about what a start could be,” Oluokun said. “That’s why I think we, Class 2020, will appreciate it even more now. It will be like a premature reunification that no one has done before. “