On December 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 incorporates 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 has been 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 Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. for the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and at 2 p.m. for the College of Business. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences commencement ceremony was held Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m., while the ceremony for the College of Education and the College of Science and Technology took place the same day at 2 p.m.
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 following social distancing measures.
“Our mission as a university focused on its students 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.”
To watch the ceremonies, visit the Southeastern Channel’s YouTube page.