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2020 Commencement Update

March 23, 2020

Dear all LIM Students, Faculty, Staff, Families, and Members of the LIM College Community,

We addressed our students, heard their concerns, and revised our decision about our 2020 Commencement to hold a traditional on-the-ground Commencement.

Earlier today, we sent communications to our students, faculty and staff sharing the many important measures that we have taken to keep our students and faculty and staff safe and healthy and allow our students to continue their education as the coronavirus continues to spread through our country. As part of this briefing we said that we planned to celebrate the achievements of the graduating class with a Virtual Commencement on May 8th.  

We made this decision based on the recent Executive Orders of the Government, prohibiting the College from holding events exceeding 10 people. In addition, David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, where our 2020 Commencement Exercises were to be held, cancelled all events. It was not an easy decision, but it was one that we had hoped would be an acceptable compromise as we wanted to celebrate our graduating seniors, but we could not have a traditional live on-the-ground Commencement in the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, we miscalculated the importance of a traditional but belated Commencement Ceremony to our students. 

So, we listened, and we have revised our decision for the 2020 Commencement. It is now our plan to hold the 2020 Commencement in the Fall rather than a virtual event on May 8th. We will continue to closely follow government directives on COVID-19, availabilities of appropriate venues and will identify a time, date and location to celebrate with our graduates, their families, friends, faculty and staff and other members of the LIM College Community. 

In the meantime, let me clarify that the delayed Commencement Ceremony will not impact students’ ability to say that they have completed their required course of study and they have graduated from LIM. Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.  

We share with you the disappointment about the impact the COVID-19 has had on our College’s events.  We have always been, and will continue to be, committed to delivering a world-class education that prepares students to lead the ever-evolving fashion business and its related industries.  And part of that education includes learning to be creative, adaptive, responsive and positive as the world around us grows, expands and does the unpredictable on a daily basis.

Our delayed 2020 Commencement may not be what was originally planned, but it will be special.  

We look forward to keeping you informed and celebrating with you the 2020 Commencement later this year. 

With continued wishes for good health,
Elizabeth S. Marcuse, President