Spring 2020 Commencement

Check out MGA’s social media pages for a number of special graduation-related posts and opportunities to share your celebrations with your classmates.  Visit our FacebookTwitterInstagram and our new TikTok channel for virtual celebrations of the Spring Class of 2020! 

Dear Spring 2020 Graduates,

As members of the graduation committee, we understand that everything is different now. The fact that we cannot come together next week to celebrate your graduation remains a disappointment, but it doesn’t change the fact that you've completed your degree. Your ability to face the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to work towards the completion of your degree is inspiring - the Class of 2020 will long be remembered for its resilience, grace, and tenacity. We want to honor your accomplishments and have planned a number of virtual celebrations to take place next week; we also have a “save the date” for your rescheduled commencement ceremonies: 

  • Conferring of Degrees by Video on May 7 – President Blake will confer your degrees on Thursday, May 7, via a video that will be posted on University social media. The formal commencement ceremony will be held later, but it is important that we celebrate the completion of your degree now. 
  • Video Tribute of Class of 2020 Graduates on May 7 – Send one or two photos of you and/or you and your loved ones by Friday, May 1, along with your name and major. The images will be put together with those of other graduates into a video tribute.  Pics can be formal or informal and should be appropriate for all audiences.
  • Social Media Celebration – Tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram in posts with you celebrating and use the hashtags #uKnightedTogether or #StillGraduatingMGA
  • Future Commencement Ceremonies - We know that walking across the stage, receiving your diploma, and celebrating together - in person - with family, friends, and classmates is an important milestone. With the current high level of uncertainty, there is no way to predict when it might be safe to host a large gathering. While we wish it were sooner, we are planning on the following alternate date options for you to walk across the stage at commencement:
    • Save the Date: December 9th and 10th (late afternoon/early evening) – Details will come as we move closer, but rescheduled commencement ceremonies for May graduates are being planned for late afternoon/early evening on Wednesday, December 9, and Thursday, December 10. Your ceremonies will be separate from the commencement ceremonies for December graduates, which are being held during the day on December 10th. If necessary, an overflow ceremony could be scheduled for the morning of December 11th.
    • Spring 2020 graduates unable to attend a December 2020 ceremony may attend May 2021 – Special recognition will be given to Class of 2020 graduates who participate on this date.

    Upcoming commencement ceremonies may look quite different from previous ceremonies. As long as COVID-19 remains a threat, we must strive to protect those individuals at higher risk of infection. It is too soon to know what commencement will look like for December, but the number of guests may be limited and/or spread out over multiple locations on campus, with perhaps livestream playing a larger role. Future dates also remain subject to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state public health authorities related to the safety of large gatherings at that time.

The postponement of your Commencement celebration is not the way any of us wanted to end Spring 2020, but we remain undeterred in celebrating your success.  We are so proud of your accomplishments, impressed with your perseverance, and honored to name you part of the Class of 2020!