May 11, 2021
We fulfilled that promise for our Class of 2020, organizing 14 in-person, out of doors,
socially distanced graduation ceremonies on 4 dates at Farrell Stadium.
We had been elated to see almost 1,400 Class of 2020 college students (each graduate and undergraduate
ranges) return to campus to take part of their graduation ceremonies. Graduates
even had a chance to take away their masks briefly on stage after they obtained
their diploma covers and as they left the platform for his or her formal images. As
at all times, each ceremony was live streamed and recorded.
Our dedication to our 2020 graduates meant growing protected, socially distanced, out of doors
graduation ceremonies for smaller teams of graduates, roughly 200 per ceremony.
Many individuals from throughout campus and throughout divisions got here collectively to make sure we offered
the identical dignified graduation ceremonies — witnessed by their households and cherished
ones — that the Class of 2020 would have had final yr had we not been underneath Covid
Last year, we acknowledged the disappointment and frustration felt by the Class of
2020 and tried to make the lack of an in-person commencement less painful through
many avenues together with video messages from WCU President Christopher Fiorentino, VPs, deans, division
chairs, and notes from alumni; customizable congratulatory signage; and inspiring
messaging, filters, and extra throughout social media. In truth, in a WCUofPA Instagram story, we requested members to explain the Class of 2020 in a single phrase. You confirmed
your Ram Pride along with your high three phrases:
This yr, we’re thrilled to have been in a position to honor you in particular person and have a good time
your attaining this milestone along with your family members I attendance.
Class of 2020: The college, employees, alumni, and administration of West Chester University
are so pleased with you! We honor your perseverance and dedication to reach the
face of sudden adversity. We validate your difficulties in isolating and adapting
to utterly on-line, digital instruction, and admire your tenacity in finishing
your programs. You have overcome a pandemic, possibly probably the most uncommon adversary your
technology has confronted, making you stronger for having come by that fireplace. You are
survivors, thrivers, achievers — and you’re our future.
Stay golden, Rams!