Campus Update: December Commencement

Dear Mustangs,

Leadership teams composed of groups of faculty, staff, and students are meeting regularly throughout this semester to monitor the pandemic as related to our campus community. Those meetings result in our responses to conditions as they emerge with your safety as our top priority. 

With the significant increase in COVID-19 cases in our local community and the increased danger of exposure through public events, we have decided to move to a virtual commencement ceremony for our August and December graduates. We will do so on December 21 with as much enthusiasm and excitement as we would have done in person.

To honor candidates for commencement, we will be conducting a commencement photo event on November 18. August and December candidates will sign up for photo appointments to have their pictures taken in their caps and gowns with the president. This photo opportunity will adhere to safety protocols as established by the University. More information about this event will be sent to students soon.

These days of the pandemic have been marked by challenges, personal and public. As president, I take great pride in the measures our Mustangs family has taken to keep all of us and those around us safe. Thank you for your understanding as we make this needed adjustment for our August and December 2020 commencement celebration.

Suzanne Shipley