For the Class of 2020, the move to a remote campus will mean a new kind of Commencement experience. Though the original in-person ceremony must be postponed, faculty and staff have been working tirelessly to create a virtual Commencement experience that will be live-streamed Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. EST.
The ceremony will include all the elements of a typical UArts Commencement, with awards, student performances, a valedictory speech and more. Two honorary degree recipients, who will be announced at a later date, will also address the Class of 2020.
In addition to the virtual Commencement May 16, there will be in-person celebrations held when it’s safe and feasible to do so.
In an announcement to the UArts community, President David Yager said, “I believe that in a post-pandemic world, creatives will lead critical work for the world. You will challenge entrenched societal assumptions and conventions; you will celebrate risk and exploration; you will establish meaning and understanding of chaos, loss and tragedy; and you—especially our graduating students—will demonstrate the resiliency of human creativity.”
For updates about Commencement, graduating students should check their UArts email accounts.