Celebrating 2020 Graduates

On Dec. 8 and 9, Southeastern honored spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates during an in-person ceremony in Strawberry Stadium. The pandemic and statewide event limitations previously prevented the University from holding a face-to-face commencement for spring graduates in August as originally planned, but Southeastern was able to develop and carry out a plan that incorporated current health and safety guidelines to honor all 2020 graduates in four separate, in-person, outdoor ceremonies.

“In order to maximize the safety of our graduates and their guests, the format was updated to include multiple ceremonies at an outside venue,” said Chief Enrollment Management Officer Kay Maurin. “Every candidate had the opportunity to cross the stage as a proud Southeastern graduate.”

Southeastern held two commencement ceremonies on both Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day. So that all guests were able to be safely accommodated according to current capacity limitations, each graduate was able to invite two guests. All participants and guests were required to wear masks and follow social distancing measures.

“Our mission is to work diligently every day to help our students achieve success,” said Maurin. “Their success is our success, and we enjoy nothing more than celebrating and commemorating their achievements with them.”

Spring 2021 commencement will be held in Strawberry Stadium on May 18 and 19 at 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

To learn more or watch the ceremonies, visit southeastern.edu/commencement.

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