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Friday, April 16, 2021

'We Are Optimistic':
SUNY Geneseo eyes full fall reopening

SUNY Geneseo is planning to reopen its campus 100 percent for fall 2021. The college, in a tweet this week, expressed optimism that with vaccination rates trending upward and an expected downward trend in COVID-19 rates, that it would “be able to resume the residential college experience that our students expect and enjoy.”

Details on a reopening are still being worked out, said Monique Patenaude, director of media relations for SUNY Geneseo. Among those details is guidance from the State University of New York regarding the fall 2021 semester.

“Our intention is to return to having as full of a residential college experience that we can,” Patenaude said in an email to The Livingston County News. “Much depends on vaccination and the status of COVID-19 in the fall, but we are optimistic.” This month, students started registering for in-person classes and are making housing selections.

Commencement for 2021 will be a graduate procession and recognition event scheduled for May 12 that will be livestreamed for family and friends. There will also be a separate online commencement ceremony and degree conferral with speakers on May 22. The procession event will find students marching down College Drive and into the college stadium to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Students will individually cross a stage while their name is read, receive their diploma cover and have a picture taken.

Students who wish to participate in the procession will have to participate in pooled surveillance testing and no guests will be allowed at the event. The virtual commencement ceremony will include a senior oration, messages from Geneseo alumni, and individual recognition for each graduate.

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