Fairmont State to honor graduates with virtual commencement

Thursday, May 07, 2020

Fairmont State University has announced it will hold a virtual commencement on Saturday, May 9 to celebrate graduating students. In-person ceremonies have tentatively been rescheduled for August 8. 

Partnering with StageClip, graduates were invited to record a message or a photo and a message to be included in the ceremony. Submissions from students are being put together to create the ceremony which will include a welcome address from President Mirta Martin. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, the virtual ceremony can be viewed at fairmont.stageclip.com. 

“While we’re disappointed we won’t be holding our traditional on-campus commencement ceremony this spring, we’re thrilled to partner with StageClip to celebrate a virtual graduation.” Mirta M. Martin, president of Fairmont State University, said. “And this class deserves celebrating. They confronted the defining crisis of our time and persevered. I look forward to welcoming them back to campus soon for a face-to-face commencement this fall, but for now, this virtual event recognizes their extraordinary achievements and their strength of character.”

In addition to viewing the complete ceremony, students will be able to view and download their individual recognition clip in order to commemorate their achievements. 

“We’ve been working with universities across the world for several years to give graduates individualized video clips of their recognition moment on stage for sharing straight after the ceremony.  We really wanted to use our technology to help keep the tradition alive in difficult times,” Rupert Forsythe, founder and CEO of StageClip, said. “By creating an individual, personal experience for each and every one of them which can be shared with friends and family, we wanted to ensure that graduates still received a gift of recognition from their institutions, and a celebration with their community of fellow students.”

Students will also be able to join a Virtual Nursing Pinning Ceremony and Virtual Senior Award Celebration hosted by StageClip on May 13. The links to each event will be available on Fairmont State's social media.