Q: What is the status of Commencement?
Deeply aware of their importance to the Class of 2020, MICA’s planning on Commencement and year-end exhibitions are guided by the following:
We remain committed to protect the health, safety, and wellness of our community members.
We are doing the utmost to not allow COVID-19 to take away the celebration of our Class of 2020. A genuine and meaningful set of related activities has become paramount to help alleviate some of the shock, grief, and sense of loss that the abrupt developments of the past month have caused our campus community — and most notably, our student body. For staff and faculty, our work in fashioning a creative celebration of the graduating class helps address the loss we also feel.
The diverse needs and circumstances of our graduating students require a range of options that begin with this May and extend into 2021. There is a strong desire to both celebrate online this May and to physically gather and exhibit at later dates when in-person convenings are possible again.
Ideas and input from the Class of 2020 should play an integral role in shaping the events and activities that will appropriately celebrate and honor them as well as best position them for professional success. Some key perspectives have already been gleaned through discussions with students and student leadership. MICA is committed to further involving the graduating class in rethinking the culminating elements of their MICA educational experience.
With all of this in mind, below are the following decisions and general framework for reshaping the celebrations with and for our Class of 2020:
The traditional May 2020 in-person celebrations of Commencement, ArtWalk, and remaining Grad Exhibitions are cancelled. We will, instead, celebrate the graduation of our seniors and showcase their work through online means – giving us all an opportunity to virtually gather, connect, rejoice, and view work. The online exhibition will open on June 25, and the virtual Commencement ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. (ET), Friday, June 26.
A Commencement Care Package has been sent to graduating students to offer physical items that Class of 2020 members have identified to be of emotional and symbolic significance. Such items include Commencement tickets, programs, honor cords, etc.
Finally, all members of the Class of 2020 and their families will be invited to join the next physical MICA Commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 17, 2021. Those who wish to partake in an in-person experience will have that option.
Q: The College is extending the Adobe CC subscription extension for another year for seniors. Is this applicable to all students or just current seniors?
The College has agreed to provide the Class of 2020 with an additional year of the Adobe Creative Suite license beyond graduation. This is not necessary for other students because they have access to Adobe CC during every year they are at MICA.
Q: Is it too late to order regalia? Is it mandatory?
Regalia is not mandatory, but those who would like to order robes can still do so at https://micap.shopoakhalli.com/purchasewizard/Welcome. Students will receive their berets in the mail.
Q: Has MICA considered giving students whose on-campus experience in spring 2020 was cut short access to fabrication studios after graduation to make up for missed time with those resources?
At this point in time, MICA does not know how the COVID-19 pandemic will impact fall 2020. The College, however, is open to giving 2020 seniors access to resources once on-campus activities are back to normal. Planning considerations around this subject have not yet begun.
Q: How will MICA help the seniors get jobs? We were told MICA had a high after-graduation employment ratio.
MICA has a fantastic Career Development Office and we encourage all graduating seniors and graduate students to make an appointment with the staff if they have any questions or need guidance. The Career Development Office is a resource not only current students, but for alumni as well.