Preparation is underway to hold a virtual commencement ceremony for our May/August 2020 graduates on October 17 at Noon ET.
For many institutions, COVID-19 has forced a renewed appraisal of how we think about what we do. And while our commitment to delivering a Spirit-filled transformative education has not changed, we have been forced to modify some of our everyday campus structures as well as our special and traditional events and celebrations.
As you know, we were unable to hold our commencement this past May. At the time, we were hopeful that COVID-19 cases would have decreased enough to provide renewed confidence regarding the safety and health of everyone returning to campus in October for an in-person event. Unfortunately, that is not our reality as we enter this fall. For these reasons, we feel that we cannot safely and responsibly hold an in-person commencement this October and will be moving to an online video modality for this ceremony.
In order to honorably recognize and celebrate your transition from student to graduate, we will hold a digital commencement ceremony on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at Noon ET. This will not be an interactive Zoom-in ceremony. Rather, it will be a video presentation crafted with you, our traditional undergraduate, adult professional studies, and graduate program graduates, in mind. Our aim is to embody the spirit of closure to your education that you have requested.
"While the decision to move commencement online is not a light one, it is a necessary decision. My hope is that we, as Visionaries, can see this as a sacrifice for the safety and benefit of our neighbor: our professors, the students on campus, and even our families. Although commencement may not look like we had hoped, our class will not be forgotten, and we will be together again, someday."
Colin Toth '20
Visionary Class President
"Commencement is two-fold. One part is the official ceremony when you walk across a stage, receive your diploma, and wear your cap and gown. This is the part that is moving online. The decision to shift to an online ceremony was not easy. But, there is a second part of commencement. There is the celebration of the great achievement you accomplished. The celebration with your family, friends, and Visionary Class. This celebration started back in August of 2019, continued on May 9th, 2020, will happen on October 17th, 2020, is happening today, and will happen again in the future once we can be together again. I urge us, the Visionary Class, to continue to persevere through the hard times, remember the good times at Asbury, and look forward to our time back on campus again one day."
Maggie Richwine '20
2019-20 Student Body President