Massachusetts College Holds ‘Fauxmencement’ for Seniors

Seniors at a Massachusetts college held a “fauxmencement” ceremony, complete with garbage bag gowns and yarn tassels, to replace their likely-canceled graduation ceremony.

The Olin College of Engineering, which is finishing its semester online, is unlikely to hold an in-person graduation ceremony in the late spring, leading students and faculty to come together Thursday for the “fauxmencement” celebration.

Seniors attended the ceremony in graduation gowns made from trash bags, paper caps, and tassels made of yarn.

Mark Somerville, Olin’s Dean of Faculty, said the idea, “seemed like a pretty awesome idea in a challenging time.”