CAES convocation ceremony will remain virtual for spring

While plans for spring commencement at the University of Georgia will now include unlimited guests and the option for students to sit on Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) will proceed with its plans for a virtual convocation ceremony for its undergraduate and graduate candidates at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

Featuring a video to be streamed on the CAES YouTube channel at youtube.com/user/ugaagandenvironment, the Spring 2021 CAES Convocation will honor the college's current and upcoming graduates. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to tune in and use the live chat feature to celebrate the new alumni as they are recognized by name. 

The convocation will include remarks from CAES Dean and Director Nick Place, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Josef Broder, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs Douglas Bailey, and CAES Alumni Association President Caroline Lewallen.

The spring convocation ceremony includes 291 undergraduate students graduating in the spring and summer semesters and 92 graduate students graduating in the spring. A convocation program, which includes a list of the college’s candidates for graduation, will be available prior to the ceremony at caes.uga.edu/students/current-students/graduation.

“The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is honored to have played a role in each student’s college career. We look forward to seeing how they will use their skills to work toward creative solutions to the complex issues facing agriculture and the environment today,” Place said.

A virtual CAES student awards and leadership celebration was held on Monday, May 3, to recognize outstanding seniors as well as other college, university and national honors.

Citing changing public health guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Georgia Department of Public Health, as well as an updated executive order from Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, UGA amended its commencement plans to provide tickets for any eligible spring graduates who choose to sit on Dooley Field during ceremonies on May 13-15.

There will be no limit on the number of guests in the stands, but all levels of Sanford Stadium will be open to promote social distancing, which is strongly encouraged by the governor’s executive order. Masks are also strongly encouraged.

The commencement ceremony for CAES undergraduates will be held on Saturday, May 15, with gates open at 5:30 p.m. and ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. Graduate commencement for all schools will be held on Friday, May 14, with gates open at 8 a.m. and a ceremony start time of 10 a.m.

Additional details for the celebrations are available on the UGA commencement site.

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