DSU Holds In-Person Graduation Ceremonies

Isaiah Williams

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Graduating Students of The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS)

While meeting CDC and state Covid-19 guidelines, Delaware State University honors its 2020 and 2021 G.A.E.S graduates with a proper send off after such a traumatic year and a half.

In 2020 we were hit with an unexpected global pandemic and it shook up everyone’s world in more ways than one can image — instantly changing everyone’s day-to-day plans. Despite the changes that the global pandemic brought upon us, Delaware State University has done a great job adjusting to CDC’s and State Covid -19 guidelines to keep everything up and running and to give everyone the best experience possible.

May 7, 2021 Delaware State University commencement committee did a wonderful job giving the 2021 School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies (GAES) students the sendoff that they deserved. The commencement committee at Delaware State University put together a commencement protocol that allowed students to walk across stage and be acknowledged in front of their loved ones, which was one of the many things that most people were eager to experience even during this pandemic.

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2021 School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies (GAES) Commencement

By adhering to state and CDC Covid -19 guidelines the commencement committee made it possible. “It was important to practice social distancing and have every seat six feet apart horizontal and diagonal,” the head of the commencement committee said after May 2021 commencement ceremony stated. Adding that, ” It was a challenge for me and Dr. Hobbs at first explaining to families why more tickets couldn’t be sold. At first family’s didn’t quite understand the system put in place by the committee for off campus visitors to ensure everyone’s safety. But once everything was explained, family then understood and the event went on smoothly.”

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Dr. Renee Marine being hooded for her doctor of higher education degree

“It is a Marathon and not a Sprint” stated Dr. Renee Marine, a professor in The Mass Communication, Visual & Performing Arts Department, stated after receiving her doctorates Friday, May 7 from Delaware State University. She added that “you have to believe that, and when you get close to finishing, don’t let anything stop you”. And Dr. Marine did not let anything stop her as she persevered through this difficult year and managed to get her degree as she planned.

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Dr. Renee Marine, Husband, Mike, and Son, Ethan

On Saturday, May 8, DSU held commencement ceremonies at different locations and times on campus and in-person. At the Alumni Stadium was The College of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences (CHESS) Saturday, from 9-10:30 a.m. At Tubman/Laws Courtyard was The College of Agriculture, Science and Technology (CAST) from 9-10:30 a.m. And from 1-2:30pm at The Alumni Stadium was The College of Business (COB). Concurrently at The Tubman/Laws Courtyard was the commencement exercise for The College of Health and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS).

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2021 doctoral graduates of the School of Graduate, Adult and Extended Studies (GAES).

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