Courtesy of Georgetown University via Twitter

Georgetown University has announced its plans for the 2021 spring commencement, which will consist of a mixture of in-person and virtual events amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia, in a letter to the school community Tuesday, explained there will be a May 23 virtual ceremony conferring degrees for all 2021 graduates, followed by individual school and program-based virtual ceremonies.

There will also be award ceremonies occurring virtually in the days leading to the university-wide graduation, according to the letter.

The university’s campuses are also developing small-scale, in-person events, but for academic degree and certificate earners only, DeGioia said.

Additionally, DeGioia will offer in-person celebrations in 2022 to the classes of 2021 and 2020.

“I recognize that this is not the commencement experience that our students envisioned when they first arrived at Georgetown,” he said in the letter. “I share your disappointment in not being able to gather in person and celebrate our students’ accomplishments alongside family and friends. … We hope these future gatherings can be a time when our graduates can reconnect and make new memories with the friends and peers who shaped their Georgetown experience.”

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