For the past several weeks, we have been looking carefully at all of the possible options to hold our traditional Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies late this spring to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class of 2020. Like every senior class in past years, the opportunity to walk across the stage on a beautiful spring morning on the deTamble Library Terrace is one of the most meaningful experiences for a St. Andrews graduate. Making sure that this opportunity is available to all members of the class of 2020 is of paramount importance to our trustees, faculty and staff.
However, given the uncertain nature of the Covid-19 virus and the frequently changing health advisories extending the prohibition against large gatherings and travel, we have decided to postpone Baccalaureate and Commencement to dates and times yet to be determined. Rest assured, all 2020 graduates will receive their diplomas by mail after they successfully complete all of their academic requirements for graduation.
As soon as we have greater clarity from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and other health and government officials about the risks of the virus being active over the summer or into the fall, we will reschedule Baccalaureate and Commencement for the class of 2020 to dates when we feel confident these ceremonies can be held safely and as conveniently as possible for our graduates and their families. All of us at St. Andrews regret this decision, but we are confident that alternative dates can and will be scheduled in the not too distant future to honor our 2020 graduates.
Paul Baldasare, Jr., ‘77