Commencement message for the class of 2020, 3/18/20

Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we are saddened to have to cancel the in-person 2020 commencement exercises scheduled for May 9, 2020.

A planning group of senior class officers and student leaders are meeting to develop alternate ways to celebrate, which may include the ability to participate in in-person traditions at a later date when it is safe to do so.

A few important details

  • Due to the current circumstances, the university is waiving the graduation fee for graduating seniors.  Students who have already paid will receive a refund.
  • Diplomas will be mailed to you. You can indicate your mailing preference when you complete your graduation application in Student Planning on Oasis.
  • If you have already purchased a cap and gown, you make keep it or obtain a refund. Herff-Jones will be reaching out to all seniors who placed orders via the e-mail address given at the time of purchase. Please check your email for details.

We know this is a major disappointment. Containment of this virus is affecting everyone’s lives in ways that just a month ago seemed unimaginable. The entire campus community shares in the loss of the memories and treasured experiences that come in your last semester of college. However, we are Stormy Petrels. We don’t know how to give up.

Nescit Cedere!