March 18, 2020
Dear Members of the Methodist University Community,
It is with great regret that I must announce the cancellation of Spring 2020 Commencement and all related activities, including Baccalaureate (as well as all dinners, socials, award ceremonies, pinning ceremonies, commissioning ceremonies, and other events that occur in conjunction with Commencement). Given that the Centers for Disease Control have indicated that there should be no gatherings of more that 50 people for at least the next eight weeks, we have decided that it is not advisable to hold these kinds of big events.
I want to reiterate that cancellation of Commencement will not affect anyone’s ability to graduate from Methodist University. Commencement is a celebration of students’ transition into post-graduate life. Graduation occurs when the Office of the Registrar certifies that a student has met all requirements. All students will be able to complete their Spring 2020 coursework through distance learning. Students who have met all requirements for graduation will be awarded degrees and have their diplomas mailed to them.
Spring graduates are invited to participate in the December 2020 Commencement ceremony. We want to give you all a chance to attend a Commencement ceremony and to be hooded. We will be back in touch with more information about participating in the December 2020 Commencement in the coming weeks.
Commencement is my favorite event on the entire academic calendar. It is a day of joy and accomplishment that always moves me deeply. I am sorry for us all that we must cancel Commencement this spring, but our first objective is to protect the health of the entire MU community to the best of our ability.
Stanley T. Wearden, Ph.D.