Fall 2020 Commencement

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, MGA will be celebrating the Fall Class of 2020 with a virtual graduation. More details will be coming soon, so check this page often.

Dear Fall 2020 Graduates,

As we enter the final months of 2020, the plans we had as we began this year, both individually and collectively, have evolved in ways we could not have imagined. From health concerns to economic distress, this pandemic has hit close to home. We have lost experiences, and in some cases people who we hold dear, and we have been forced to create new ways to connect with one another.

For those of you who are graduating in 2020, a long-anticipated moment and time-honored tradition is the celebration of your accomplishments through a Commencement ceremony. Unfortunately, the impossibility of an in-person ceremony has become clear, and University commencement ceremonies scheduled for the week of December 10 will be converted to a single virtual ceremony.

While we had hoped to resume our tradition of in-person ceremonies to celebrate our graduating students, it appears that state restrictions regarding large gatherings and social distancing will remain in place for the immediate future. Even with limitations on guests and multiple ceremonies, the University lacks adequate space to accommodate an estimated 2,000-3,000 graduates and guests on our campus while allowing for proper social distancing.

Celebrating in this unconventional way is less than ideal, especially for those who earned their degrees this past May, as this is the second time we have had to alter those events that were intended to honor your achievements. We are making every effort to ensure this virtual ceremony is a joyful, engaging and meaningful event that honors the remarkable achievements of our 2020 graduates.

The Graduation Committee is developing plans for a unique virtual ceremony to honor a class that is itself unique in its resilience. The virtual Commencement will have many of the same components of an in-person ceremony, including the opportunity for an individual recognition that can be shared with friends and family.

Event details will be sent to graduates and posted to our Commencement webpage in the coming weeks. At any time, the Graduation Committee can be contacted at with any questions you may have about this transition to a virtual ceremony.

I look forward to recognizing and honoring the dedication and hard work of the Class of 2020 at our virtual December event.  Meantime, I wish you continued success in your work and health in your lives.


Christopher Blake, President