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Dear Welch College Community:

I wanted to write you with an update on Commencement activities on May 7th. Our R.s.v.p. survey of the Classes of 2020 and 2021 has led us to move from hosting three Commencement ceremonies to hosting only two. (Originally we were planning three ceremonies in the morning, afternoon, and evening.) 

Thus on May 7th, we will host two ceremonies, one at 10:00 a.m. central time and the other at 2:00 p.m. central time:

  • The first ceremony, which will be held at 10:00 a.m. central time, will be for the bachelor’s degree recipients of the Class of 2021. 
  • The second ceremony, which will be held at 2:00 p.m. central time, will be for (1) the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree recipients of the Class of 2020 as well as (2) the associate’s and master’s degree recipients of the Class of 2021.

Owing to physical distancing requirements surrounding COVID-19, seating will be unavailable for unticketed guests. Both Commencement ceremonies will be live-streamed for individuals to view. Welch students are invited to view the live-stream on their own devices and then congratulate graduates after both ceremonies.

We will host a virtual awards ceremony for the Class of 2021 and current Welch students on Thursday, May 6th, at 10:00 a.m. central time. Details about how to watch this ceremony will be sent soon. 

Because of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, there will be no graduate breakfast or Baccalaureate service. There will also be no separate hooding ceremony for master’s degree recipients. 

Further details about other Commencement-related activities will be communicated in the near future. For more information, please email Whitney Lute in the Provost’s Office (wlute@welch.edu).

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. 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.


Matt Pinson

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