May 5, 2020 at 3:30pm
Dane Lisser

Virtual Celebration to honor Millikin Class of 2020

Millikin University will stream a virtual graduate celebration for spring 2020 graduates on Sunday, May 17.

Millikin President Dr. Patrick E. White will preside over the celebration, which will be streamed on the University's Facebook page beginning at 2 p.m. CST.

The virtual graduate celebration will honor members of the Millikin Class of 2020. Friends, families and Big Blue alumni everywhere are invited to gather online to celebrate this special occasion as Millikin University recognizes the spring graduates and confers their degrees.

The celebration will feature 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.

Millikin Commencement

The celebration will also include 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 Millikin University students and their family's health and safety, Millikin canceled its traditional in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2020.

In addition to the virtual graduate celebration on May 17, Millikin has invited 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.

For more information about Millikin University's graduate celebration, visit