Class of 2020: In this special video message sent to undergraduates on May 16 and this one sent to graduate students the day before, President Reveley pronounced your degrees duly conferred. Congratulations!
I promised last month that the Class of 2020 would walk for in-person graduation, and that I’d be in touch again by this week in April. Since then, we’ve been working with govvernment officials and campus and community leaders to identify a date as soon as possible that is also as reliable as can be. We have a date—Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be on the weekend of October 9 & 10. As would have been the case this May, the graduate ceremony will be on the Friday evening, October 9 and the undergraduate ceremony will be on the Saturday, October 10, during the day. We’ll have more precise details regarding exact times and logistics in the weeks ahead.
Campus and Farmville are so beautiful in the fall, and earlier dates which we explored so closely continued to have real risk of disruption by this crisis. (And be assured that by finishing your academic requirements you still officially become a Longwood graduate in May and you’ll receive your diploma this summer; we’ll explore ways to mark that occasion too, without taking anything away from October.)