McPherson College will honor the 2020 graduating class with a virtual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 24, 2020. The college will Livestream the ceremony beginning at 2 p.m. CDT.
In an announcement to students, President Michael Schneider explained the decision to transition the traditional ceremony to a virtual event, “There are already too many hardships on students and families given this situation. Families have the current date saved, so we are proceeding with a virtual commencement to allow everyone an opportunity to participate no matter their location.”
Students will receive their cap and gown in the mail prior to commencement. Members of the Class of 2020 and their families and friends are invited to gather online as faculty members recognize them and the college confers their degrees. The streamed ceremony will feature formal remarks and slides of each of the graduates.
The virtual event is in response to the continued limitations on public gatherings due to the coronavirus pandemic. The college announced to its students on March 17 that the remainder of the spring semester would be completed remotely using online resources because of the outbreak.
In the weeks leading up to Commencement, the college social media will focus on seniors and their activities. Follow all of the McPherson College on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.