April 8, 2020

Dear Campus Community:

We write today to provide a much anticipated update on the upcoming Class of 2020 Commencement celebration. Given the circumstances of COVID-19 and the sacrifices that everyone has made to ensure the educational progression of our students, we are fully committed to delivering an in-person ceremony that honors our 2020 graduates. However, given the dynamic and unpredictable nature of the pandemic, it is unclear when we will be able to finalize an appropriate date for such a large gathering.

Despite that fact, we simply did not want to let this momentous occasion pass without a celebration and we will be holding a virtual commencement celebration on Saturday, May 23, 2020.

The Class of 2020 virtual celebration will not only recognize our graduates for their accomplishments, it will also provide the opportunity to connect with our campus community as well as our loved ones – serving to inspire hope and celebrate resiliency during these unprecedented times. This event will focus on our graduates and will be interactive, allowing them to celebrate with their classmates, loved ones, faculty, and members of our campus community.

To be clear, this celebration will not replace an in-person ceremony at a later date. Once a new date for our in-person Commencement ceremony has been identified, we will notify the campus community.

We hope you will join us Saturday, May 23 to cheer on our Class of 2020. Details on the virtual celebration will be forthcoming.

Despite all we have been through, we look forward to celebrating the dolphin pod that always swims fast, but swims faster together. Take good care of yourselves.

Sincerely,
The Commencement Team

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