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May 8, 2020

May Commencement Postponed to August 1, 2020

Dear MC family,

While every member of our community has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the closing of our campus, perhaps no group has been hit harder emotionally than our graduating seniors.

The members of the Class of 2020 missed out on MC traditions and special events they had been anticipating for four years, and were robbed of their chance to say a proper good-bye to the friends, faculty members, and university they love.

It is with great joy that I tell you about one tradition that COVID-19 will not take away from our seniors. Mississippi College will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a traditional commencement ceremony on August 1, 2020.

We will welcome our spring graduates back to campus with a reception on Friday, July 31, that allows them to reconnect with their friends and favorite faculty members. On August 1, we will recognize and honor the Class of 2020 with a formal commencement ceremony, complete with caps and gowns, inspiring speakers, and accolades for the Class of 2020.

I believe this commencement will be even more memorable given the forced separation our senior class experienced and the resilience they have shown. Some of our seniors shared their thoughts about their last semester – and all the things that COVID-19 could not take away from them – in a short video you can view here.

We will be in touch over the coming weeks with further details about our commencement plans. Until then, please stay safe and well.

I know I speak for the entire MC family in saying we can’t wait to welcome our graduating seniors home and celebrate their accomplishments.

Have courage,

Blake Thompson