We share in your disappointment that we are unable to have in-person commencement ceremonies in May of this year.
In alignment with the current safety protocols set forth by the State of California, Los Angeles County and the CDC, and in consideration of the safety and well-being of the Woodbury community, we regrettably must proceed with virtual commencement ceremonies for both our 2020 and 2021 undergraduates and graduates in May.
However, after hearing from students, we have decided to also plan an optional in-person ceremony for 2020, 2021, and 2022 undergraduates and graduates next year provided COVID-19 county health restrictions are lifted and it is safe to do so. This event will likely be held in the spring of 2022 at an off-site venue to accommodate the anticipated large number of attendees. Depending on interest, we may have to limit the number of guests per student.
We understand it’s been a tough year for our community, but we must remain steady in making the safety and health of our students, families and friends, and faculty and staff a priority. In doing so, we continue to adhere to the State of California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy, which prohibits large gatherings right now. It’s important to remember that an in-person ceremony is not just for the 250-300 graduating students, but also for family and friends, bringing the total number in attendance to about 3,500 in the past. An in-person ceremony this May for each class could result in huge exposure of the virus to our loved ones and the community.
While in-person classes are planned for Fall 2021, we are remaining flexible, and the final decision on how this is implemented will depend on the required safety protocols.
More information about the virtual ceremonies and plans for the in-person ceremony (when safety guidelines are lifted), along with an FAQ, will be posted to our site shortly. In the meantime, both undergraduate and graduate students, please mark your calendars for:
We greatly appreciate your understanding, patience, and resilience as we work our way through this very difficult time together.
David Steele-Figueredo, PhD