Wisconsin universities cancel rescheduled commencement ceremonies
One school has figured out a way to celebrate graduates in person. Gail Sims-Aubert, UW-Green Bay’s interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Climate, said she’s planning a drive-through commencement, to be held Aug. 22. She emphasized that the event is contactless from start to finish, but said student registrations will facilitate contact tracing if an outbreak happens. The university expects about 190 alumni to attend. Each will sign up for a half-hour time slot to come to campus with as many supporters as can fit in their car. “We’re not wanting to disappoint our students, and wanting to make sure that they felt that, in some form or fashion, they had a celebratory event to mark this achievement in their lives,” Sims-Aubert said. UW-Green Bay Chancellor Michael Alexander and his cabinet will greet each student at social distance, then give them a care package. Afterward, graduates will drive along a preplanned route lined by faculty supporters. At a few locations along the way, they’ll have a professional headshot taken.