Dear Members of the Classes of 2020 and 2021,

We have been praying for you and are excited about what God is already doing and is going to do through you for His kingdom.

I wanted to write you with an update on Commencement activities for this May. We plan to have three Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7th, at 10:00, 2:00, and 7:00.

The three ceremonies will be for the following categories of graduates:

  • Bachelor’s degree recipients in the Class of 2021 at 10:00
  • The Class of 2020 at 2:00
  • Associate’s and master’s degree recipients in the Class of 2021 at 7:00.

Owing to physical distancing requirements, each graduate will be permitted to have a maximum of 4 guests in the in-person ceremony, as well as a maximum of 3 guests in overflow areas set up for viewing the livestream of each ceremony.

We will be sending out R.s.v.p. surveys soon to see how many guests each graduate will be inviting. Bachelor’s degree recipients of the Class of 2021 will, as usual, be required to attend the Commencement ceremony. Attendance for associate’s and master’s degree recipients for the Class of 2021, as well as all degree recipients for the Class of 2020, is optional. Thus the R.s.v.p. surveys will also seek to ascertain who in categories (b) and (c) above plan to attend.

There will be a virtual awards ceremony, and there will be no graduate breakfast or Baccalaureate service. Further details about other Commencement-related activities will be communicated in the near future.

I want to thank you for your patience with us as we navigate these situations in a difficult set of circumstances owing to COVID-19. We look forward to celebrating with you this momentous occasion in your journey.


Matt Pinson

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