We are impressed with the positivity, support and resilience W&J students like you have shown this semester. We recognize that this has been particularly sad and challenging for seniors, as you conclude your final semester during this complicated time. We suspect that you miss your fellow students, teammates and all the activities of a vibrant campus in Spring that culminates in a weekend of graduation celebrations. Although it will not be possible to hold commencement the weekend of May 15 and 16, we remain committed to bringing your class together at a later date for a proper celebration of your accomplishments.
As President Knapp shared with you, baccalaureate and commencement are tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, August 1. The baccalaureate service will be at 10 a.m. at the Church of the Covenant, and the commencement exercises will begin at 3 p.m. at Ross Recreation Center. A full complement of activities will begin late afternoon Friday and will culminate with an Alumni Welcome Brunch on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. We will provide many exciting opportunities to reconnect with your friends, faculty, and staff.
You will receive your diploma during the August 1 ceremony; however, upon successful completion of all degree requirements and after the Board of Trustees approves conferral of your degree at its meeting on May 15, your transcript certifying completion of your degree will be available later that month. It is this transcript, rather than a diploma, that employers normally request with job applications.
In the coming weeks, you will receive information about ordering your cap and gown, as well as other details specific to the logistics of this weekend, including a finalized schedule. Please keep an eye on your W&J email for those details. We would be remiss if we didn’t mention that the College will continue to follow state and federal Coronavirus safety mandates, as well as CDC guidelines, regarding large group gatherings. Should we have to shift our plans due to continuing public health concerns, we will move commencement to a later date and notify you as soon as possible.
We look forward to celebrating your degree and career completion and wish you well as you wrap up your work in the coming weeks. We are incredibly proud of what each of you has accomplished during your time at W&J!
Jeffrey Frick, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the College
Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students