While a large, single ceremony with many guests will not be possible this year, we are instead be hosting a series of small-scale, in-person graduation ceremonies on 6, 7 and 8 July at the AUC Academic Building for the Class of 2021. Here you can watch the live streams of all six ceremonies.
This past year continued to present unexpected and big challenges for the entire AUC community, and especially for our graduating students. Having experienced the abrupt shift to online education, a brief return to campus, a shift back to online education amid a strict lockdown and now having to complete their year in hybrid formats, this group of third-year students finished their degree under truly unprecedented circumstances. The Class of 2021 in particular deserves a fitting celebration for their flexibility and resilience they've shown in adapting and flourishing among constant changes in circumstance over the course of their three years at AUC.
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Michael Puett is the Walter C. Klein Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His interests are focused on the inter-relations between anthropology, history, religion and philosophy. He is the author of The Ambivalence of Creation: Debates Concerning Innovation and Artifice in Early China and To Become a God: Cosmology, Sacrifice, and Self-Divinization in Early China, as well as the co-author, with Adam Seligman, Robert Weller, and Bennett Simon, of Ritual and its Consequences: An Essay on the Limits of Sincerity. He is also co-author, with Christine Gross-Loh, of The Path: What Chinese Philosophy Can Teach Us About the Good Life.
While we wish we could have celebrated the Class of 2021's achievements in the halls of Koninklijke Theater Carré, the health and safety of our students, their classmates, family members and guests remain our priority even as society slowly opens up. In order to offer this incredible group of students the recognition they deserve, we want to acknowledge their hard work and celebrate their accomplishments by hosting a series of hybrid ceremonies that will allow them to have their names read and walk across the stage in person at the AUC Academic Building. This will be done over the course of six ceremonies of a maximum of 40 students per ceremony. Each ceremony will include pre-recorded elements (Including the Welcome by the Dean, Commencement Address, Welcome to the AUC Alumni Association and Valedictorian Speech) and live, in-person elements (including a special speech by an AUC faculty member, ceremonial reading of names, and walking the stage to receive a ceremonial certificate). While coronavirus measures in place prevent external guests from joining, we warmly invite all those in the AUC community to join the proceedings via live stream. All ceremonies will also be recorded to be viewed after the events take place.
The smaller ceremonies will take place on 6, 7 and 8 July. On each of these days, two groups of students (30-40 students per group) will be invited to attend. One group will attend a morning session and the other group an afternoon session. This will allow for enough time for all students to exit the building and any sanitisation measures to be completed before the next group of students arrive. The ceremonies and times are as follows: