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    May 29-31 Graduation Events Announcement

    May 20, 2020

    A note from Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., The University of Scranton's provost and sr. vice-president for Academic Affairs regarding virtual commencement.

    Dear University of Scranton campus community,

    While we continue to look forward to gathering together for a Commencement Ceremony in October, we want the weekend of May 29-31 to be a special celebration for our graduating students as well. Staff and faculty have been working hard to plan a number of virtual events for our graduates on that weekend.  Wherever you are and whoever you are with, we hope you will join us for the various events listed below as we celebrate the Graduating Class of 2020.

    Updated Commencement Website

    Get all of your Commencement information in one place, including the latest news about events in May and our October, FAQs and other important updates.

    Just visit: www.scranton.edu/commencement

    Commencement Celebration Schedule of Events

    FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020
    Class Night at 8:00 p.m.
    Join us as we recognize undergraduate members of the Class of 2020 for academic excellence, leadership and service.  Members of the faculty and administration will present the awards. 
     
    SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2020
    Nursing Blessing of the Hands Award Ceremony at 09:30 a.m.
    Join us as we honor our undergraduate nursing students by blessing their hands and celebrating their accomplishments as they prepare to enter this helping profession.
     
    Graduate Commencement Celebration at Noon
    The University will celebrate members of the Class of 2020 earning master’s and doctoral degrees at a special ceremony that will include messages of congratulations from faculty, staff and students, and remarks by students, special guests, the deans, Provost Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., and University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
    Degrees will be conferred to graduates as a group at this virtual event, as we plan to present degrees individually at our in-person event in October.
     
    ROTC Commissioning at 1:30 p.m.
    Join us as U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from The University of Scranton and other area universities are commissioned as second lieutenants and begin serving our nation.
     
    A Mass for the Class of 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
    Join us in prayer, reflection and celebration at The Mass for the Class of 2020, premiering on May 30. Herbert Keller, S.J.,Vice President for and Ministry will preside, and University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., will offer a special homily. The mass will feature members of the Class of 2020 as readers and cantors with liturgical music performed in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
     
    SUNDAY, MAY 31, 2020
    Undergraduate Commencement Celebration at Noon
    The University community will gather to celebrate the Class of 2020, featuring congratulatory messages from faculty, staff and members of the graduating class, and remarks by students, special guest speakers, the deans, Provost Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D., and University President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J.
    Degrees will be conferred to graduates as a group during this virtual event, as we plan to announce the graduates individually at our in-person event in October.

    Conclusion

    We know that this final semester of your time at Scranton was unexpected and required tremendous patience, flexibility and perseverance on everyone’s part.  But this will not minimize the tremendous accomplishment that our graduates have achieved.  We are so proud of their determination to finish and they deserve to celebrate this momentous moment in their life.  Congratulations, graduate! 

    Sincerely,

    Jeff Gingerich, Ph.D.

    Provost & Sr. Vice-President for Academic Affairs

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