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The U.S. Census Bureau Celebrates Class of 2020

MAY 13, 2020 — The U.S. Census Bureau has released a new webpage highlighting the importance of counting college students and recent Class of 2020 graduates in the 2020 Census as they begin the next chapter of their lives. The webpage (2020census.gov/grads) shows how census data can affect graduates’ futures, from continuing education to determining where they want to live and work.

For those who have yet to complete their 2020 U.S. Census and are wondering how to count their college students: new graduates and college students should be counted at the on- or off-campus residence where they lived while attending classes, even if they left before Census Day (April 1, 2020), due to COVID-19-related campus closures. University housing offices count students who lived in student housing like dorms and apartments with “by-the-bed” leases as part of the 2020 Census Group Quarters Operation. Students who lived off-campus in private houses, apartments or other nonstudent housing should count themselves at those addresses.

For all college students that have recently graduated, the United States Census Bureau has recently released an article compiling Five Ways the Census Can Shape the Future for 2020 Grads: from continuing their education to finding a job and so much more!

They’ve even partnered with iHeart Media to create “Commencement: The Podcasts,” a series of commencement speeches read by some of the most notable individuals in the world, including:

  • Eli Manning
  • Bill and Melinda Gates
  • John Legend
  • Ryan Seacrest
  • Tim McGraw
  • George Lopez
  • T.I.
  • And many more!

So, if you need a special guest speaker for your own commencement, or are just looking for some uplifting words of motivation as you begin the next chapter of your life, tune in to iHeart Media’s “Commencement: The Podcasts!”

Students still have time to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail. For more information, check out this fact sheet and short video. The Mississippi Census has a helpful blog breaking down the subject plain and simply. Once again, congratulations to the Class of 2020 and best of luck in your next endeavors!

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