Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Protocols for Graduating Seniors

May 4, 2021

Dear Seniors,

We’re almost there! Today we’d like to share with you some guidelines and protocols for Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. It’s important that you understand these requirements ahead of time to ensure you’re cleared to attend these momentous events.

Sincerely,

The Holy Cross COVID Core Team


Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement Protocols for Graduating Seniors

Seniors already enrolled in the testing protocol

Seniors who are already enrolled in the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing protocol should test on Tuesday, May 18. Should their results return invalid or inconclusive, they should test again on Wednesday, May 19. Students in their 90 day COVID Recovered period do not need to test.

Seniors who are not enrolled in the testing protocol

Seniors who have not been in the College’s COVID-19 surveillance testing protocol should either:

  • Test on-campus at The Jo on Tuesday, May 18, OR;

  • Obtain a PCR test off-campus either Monday or Tuesday, and submit their negative test result to healthservices@holycross.edu

If electing to take the COVID-19 test on campus, students must login to HC Clear with their Holy Cross Google account, accept the waivers, and schedule their COVID-19 test through the website.

HC Clear Use at Commencement

Seniors will be required to either swipe their Holy Cross ID, or show their HC Clear status on their phone to enter the venue at commencement. For students unaccustomed to using HC Clear, you should sign-in to it now, accept the waivers and experience the application now.

Students will need to have done their daily symptom screening in HC Clear to attend the Mass and commencement, in addition to having received a negative COVID-19 test (unless COVID Recovered). Failure to do so will result in a red badge at the door, and students will be unable to attend the event.

Students who will be unable to attend Mass or Commencement

Students who fall under the following criteria may not attend the baccalaureate Mass or commencement, and will not be permitted in the venue:

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 on or after May 10 OR;

  • Students who are identified as a close contact of a positive case on or after May 10 OR;

  • Students who do fail to obtain a negative PCR test on the week of commencement OR;

  • Students who do obtain a negative PCR test from testing outside of the College, but who fail to submit their negative test result to healthservices@holycross.edu by Thursday, May 20, at 10am to attend Mass and by 5 p.m. for Commencement OR;

  • Students who fail to do their daily symptom screening through HC Clear.