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North Central College plans in-person commencement ceremonies, May 8-9

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Above / North Central College has announced plans to celebrate Classes of 2020 and 2021 with in-person commencement ceremonies. (PN File Photo)

After hosting a virtual graduation last fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, North Central College will provide graduates from the classes of 2020 and 2021 with the opportunity to walk across the stage in front of their family and friends this spring.

North Central College is one of a handful of institutions that will celebrate its graduates during in-person ceremonies. Classes of 2020 and 2021 will gather for four separate outdoor commencement ceremonies over the course of two days, May 8 and May 9, 2021. The ceremonies will be modified from the College’s traditional commencement events to comply with current COVID-19 safety protocols, including event capacity limits, physical distancing, and required face coverings.

Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium is located at 455 S. Brainard Street on the campus of North Central College. (PN File Photo)

The events will take place in the College’s outdoor Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, where graduates will be physically distanced in on-field seating with ticketed guests seated in the stands in physically distanced family pods of no more than four individuals.

All four ceremonies will also be livestreamed for online viewing.

North Central College Commencement Schedule

North Central College welcomes 270 members of the Class of 2020 and 614 graduate and undergraduate students representing the Class of 2021.

WHERE: Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium, 450 S. Brainard St.

WHEN: 10AM Sat., May 8: School of Business and Entrepreneurship

             3PM Sat., May 8: School of Education and Health Sciences

             10AM Sun., May 9: Colleges of Arts and Sciences—arts, humanities, and social sciences majors, and Shimer Great Books and interdisciplinary programs

             3PM Sun., May 9: College of Arts and Sciences—science majors

The ceremonies will comply with all current COVID-19 safety protocols.

Story submitted by Kelly Murphy, Assistant Director of Communications & PR, North Central College.

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North Central College
North Central Collegehttp://www.northcentralcollege.edu
Founded in 1861, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit northcentralcollege.edu to learn more.

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