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Lackawanna College Cancels 2020 Graduation, Postpones Homecoming Events

Lackawanna College President Dr. Jill Murray sent the following letter to the Lackawanna College community regarding the cancellation and postponement of graduation and homecoming events due to COVID-19 concerns.

Dear Members of the College Community:

As we continue to evaluate on-campus activities and large gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is with disappointment that I announce the cancellation and postponement of events surrounding our homecoming weekend.

This decision was particularly difficult because we planned to hold our postponed graduation ceremony that weekend. Since we cannot predict when gatherings such as this will be able to take place, we are inviting the Class of 2020 to participate in our graduation exercises in May 2021 with special guest President Emeritus Mark Volk. We are also postponing the presidential inauguration, which was scheduled for that weekend, to a date and time to be determined.

To the Class of 2020, I am sincerely sorry that we will not be able to give you the celebration that you and your families deserve to honor your amazing accomplishments. We are so proud of the work you completed at Lackawanna College and you will be forever cherished as a class that overcame challenging obstacles, which we could never have predicted, to complete your education. Your dedication to continue your studies after the physical College shutdown in March shows your drive and devotion to better yourself. These qualities will serve you well in the future, no matter what you decide to pursue next.

Whether you are returning to Lackawanna College or moving on, please know that we are here for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help you with your next steps.

Although this is not how we planned to pay tribute to you, I want to officially welcome you to our Forever Falcon Family of alumni. Remember what you learned here; go out into the world and Take Flight!

I wish you all the best and look forward to honoring you in 2021.


Dr. Jill Murray
President, Lackawanna College

About Lackawanna College:

Founded in 1894, Lackawanna College is a private, accredited college serving the people of northeastern Pennsylvania. With a main campus situated in downtown Scranton, Lackawanna’s expanding footprint also includes satellite centers in Hawley, Hazleton, The School of Petroleum and Natural Gas in New Milford, Sunbury, Towanda and the Environmental Education Center in Covington Township. Learn more at.

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