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With Commencement right around the corner, many universities and colleges are scrambling to figure out how to handle their graduation ceremonies due to state orders banning large gatherings at this time. We recently polled our Modo User Group during a bi-weekly roundtable with Modo customers to learn firsthand how educational institutions are thinking about Commencement:
It’s ideal to get feedback from your students and the campus community via your own poll or survey – and Modo customers can do this seamlessly using the in-app Quick Poll feature in their Modo campus app. That said, each school is choosing the best path forward based on their unique considerations. However, schools must tread carefully. Consider the negative backlash when Northeastern University announced it was canceling Commencement.
Many schools forgoing a survey of their community are choosing to offer the best of both worlds in the form of a hybrid experience. They are planning both a virtual spring event and a future/fall in-person event. With a mobile app, they can connect with their communities across both events.
The main concern of the schools we polled is how to make everyone feel involved during Commencement. Within the Modo community, 38% of respondents want to get everyone excited about the modified plan and ensure it is a rewarding experience.
The good news is that Universities can take cues from schools that have successfully held virtual Commencements in prior years. One example is NYU, which went big virtual with an in-app version of its 185th Commencement. Users of their mobile app received a notification informing them that they could still experience Commencement if they weren’t able to be there in person. Through NYU Mobile, users could watch the event via livestream and partake in the celebration.
While nothing can replace an in-person Commencement, you can drive active participation in numerous ways via your mobile app. The key is to deliver a steady stream of live and pre-recorded content:
You can even include a physical element by inviting families who live local to your campus to “drive down memory lane” with an excursion around campus in their vehicles.
Once the time is right, you can announce your in-person Commencement via the app and take advantage of all the content created for your virtual Commencement to enhance the experience for everyone. We bet you’ll find your graduates throwing their caps in the air with joy when they hear your plans to offer them the best of both worlds!Back to Blog
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