Yes. Throughout the last few months, we considered several alternatives, including Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, and the DCU Center in Worcester. Each possibility for an in-person experience has benefits and shortcomings from group transportation, health considerations, COVID restrictions, costs, and the satisfaction of student participants among others. When we vetted the larger facilities/stadiums with our Commencement planning committee (which includes graduate and undergraduate students from the class of 2021), the major drawback was that graduates would not cross a stage for individual recognition. Students also shared a desire to say goodbye to friends and the Babson campus.
We heard from students that it is important to be recognized on stage individually in front of their peers and say farewells together. We believe that will have far greater meaning and significance for our community than a large venue that doesn’t feel familiar or special. Ultimately, we decided that a series of in-person Commencement events, on our campus under the traditional tent, was important for our students.