Dear Class of 2020,
Commencement is an important milestone for every university student and their loved ones. It is an opportunity to celebrate remarkable achievements and hard work, a time of joy and celebration, an opportunity to individually recognize every graduating student and the effort of their family. I firmly believe that every Missouri S&T graduate should have the opportunity to personally receive the diploma they’ve worked so hard to earn in the presence of their loved ones and closest friends and fellow graduates. Yet, given the difficult and historic circumstances we face today due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and at the recommendation of the Missouri S&T Commencement Committee, I am announcing that our fall commencement ceremonies will be virtual.
We will still confer your degrees when you have completed all requirements to be eligible to graduate, but unfortunately no formal in-person ceremony will be held in Fall 2020.
As you may recall, we also postponed commencement ceremonies last spring, and unfortunately have not been able to reschedule due to COVID-19 concerns.
Clearly, we do not know when large events will be safe again and cannot realistically set a date at this time. The concerns about the spread of COVID-19 are simply too great to ignore, and we all must protect the most vulnerable members of our Missouri S&T community.
I admire your incredible resilience and ability to persevere through these extraordinary times, and I have no doubt that you will continue to persevere through these current adversities to learn and grow in ways heretofore unimaginable.
As we move forward through the remainder of this semester, please continue to stay focused on your studies, stay connected to your friends, classmates, professors, advisors and the Missouri S&T community, and remember to take care of yourselves.