Watch for digital mortarboards for seniors to “decorate” with stickers on the ‘Ville’s Instagram stories

It will be hard for Spring 2020 graduates to forget the circumstances surrounding their graduation due to the COVID-19 pandemic; social distancing requirements, “shelter-at-home” orders, K-12 schools closed, masks needed when outdoors and additional guidelines to stay safe. However, the University is committed to making sure our May graduates are honored on their special day, as well as in the future.

FAQs on graduation have just been added.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the May 9 ceremony has been postponed until fall. While an exact date will not be set until we get further direction from the Governor’s Office, the University will give graduates and their parents at least 45 days notice.

“We are disappointed that we won’t be together on May 9, as we had planned, but we still want to recognize our graduates and applaud their accomplishments,” says Dr. Daniel Wubah, president. “Our 2020 graduates have persevered through a difficult time with grace and fortitude and I’m honored to have them join our more than 68,000 living alums.”

Preparations that are being made right now to honor our ‘Ville Class of 2020 include:

May 4 – A letter from Alumni Association President John Held was mailed to all graduates that includes a tassel and a note encouraging graduates to post selfies.

May 7 – A video featuring “20 words of encouragement for ‘20” will be emailed to all graduates.

May 9 – A “Congratulations Graduates” video featuring Dr. Wubah will be emailed to members of the Class of 2020. This video will also be placed on and shared across all social media platforms.

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