Millikin University hosted a virtual Graduate Celebration on Sunday, May 17.
Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White presided over the celebration which was hosted on the Millikin University Facebook page.
The virtual graduate celebration honored members of the Millikin Class of 2020. Friends, families and Big Blue alumni everywhere were invited to gather online to celebrate this special occasion as Millikin University recognizes the spring graduates and confers their degrees.
The celebration featured remarks from Dr. White as well as student speaker Allen Brown of Illiopolis, Ill., who will be earning his Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Allen is a senior resident assistant and a recipient of the 2020 Dr. Jan Devore Award for Excellence in Contributions to Campus Life.
The celebration also included a special musical performance from a cappella group Chapter 6, featuring Millikin alumni Chuck Bosworth ’01, Jarrett Johnson ’01, Luke Menard ’01, John Musick ’01, Nathan Pufall ’03 and A.D. Stonecipher ’01.
"We are in awe of the way the students have boldly embodied the Millikin spirit as they have worked hard to finish their degrees under such unique and trying circumstances," said President White. "Though we would like nothing more than to join with families and friends in honoring this outstanding accomplishment in person, it is our great privilege to recognize each one of the students and their extraordinary achievements at Millikin during our Graduate Celebration."
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the interest of the health and safety of Millikin students and their families, the University canceled its traditional in-person Commencement ceremonies, scheduled for May 2020.
In addition to the virtual Graduate Celebration on May 17, Millikin hopes to invite all May graduates and their families back to campus in December 2020 to walk across the stage and celebrate their Commencement in person with their class.
The May 2020 Commencement ceremonies for both MBA students as well as undergraduate students have been canceled due to COVID-19.
Eligible seniors and graduate students will still graduate and receive degrees on time and graduation fees will be refunded. Read full details here.
We are planning a virtual celebration of our graduates to be held at that time, a celebration in which we honor you all and your extraordinary achievements at Millikin. We hope to invite all May graduates and their families back to campus in December to walk across the stage and celebrate commencement in person with their class. More information on those plans will come in the days ahead.
Questions may be directed towards Cindy Landacare at 217.424.6220.
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