Salem Academy & College to Honor Seniors with Virtual Celebrations

Salem Academy & College to Honor Seniors with Virtual Celebrations

Press Release For Immediate Release
April 3, 2020

In-Person Ceremonies Are Postponed

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (APRIL 3, 2020)—Salem College has postponed its in-person commencement ceremony and will hold a virtual conferring of degrees to celebrate the Class of 2020 on May 23 at 10 a.m.  Similarly, Salem Academy has postponed its in-person graduation and will have a virtual conferring of diplomas on May 30 at 9 a.m.

“While we had sincerely hoped to be together one last time this school year, for the safety of our community the Salem College commencement and Salem Academy graduation ceremonies are being postponed to a later date,” Salem Academy and College President Sandra Doran said.  “We will still recognize and honor our students’ achievements—including scholarship, athletic accomplishments, and leadership—in virtual ceremonies that will incorporate the finest of our traditions, our enduring legacy, and gifts that the Classes of 2020 brought to our community.”

Salem College has formed a task force, chaired by Dr. Shawn Arango Ricks, Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, that will explore ways to recognize and honor students’ achievements.  Salem Academy Head of School Carol Killebrew said a focus group, which includes representatives of faculty and students, is working to develop ideas to make the senior experience meaningful and celebratory.  Both Salem Academy and College will hold in-person celebrations at a later date.

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