LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Even though the spring semester has yet to begin at Liberty University, school officials have already announced plans to honor the graduates from the Classes of 2020 and 2021 at a virtual Commencement ceremony, which will be streamed on May 15.
In addition, members of both graduating classes will be recognized individually during separate virtual degree ceremonies the same day, according to the university.
“Our graduates deserve a grand celebration of their accomplishments, and our staff has been working very hard to responsibly produce in-person Commencement exercises. However, due to restrictions on gatherings imposed by Virginia’s governor, and because of the uncertainty that the limits will change, we are now planning a virtual event to make sure these milestones do not go unrecognized,” said Liberty Acting President Jerry Prevo in a statement released on Friday, Jan. 15. “We certainly want to do everything we can to keep our Liberty family and our community healthy and abide by all local and state public health guidelines. We will do our best to make this virtual event memorable and show all our graduates how proud we are of them.”
However, if Virginia’s restrictions on gatherings changes in such a way that an in-person ceremony may be held, school officials say they are prepared to adjust their Commencement plans accordingly and will announce them by early March.
The university will reportedly keep graduates in the loop with regard to Commencement plans through mailings, emails, and the Commencement website.
Liberty University also asks that all 2020 and 2021 graduates submit an RSVP form — which will be available online at a later date — for the virtual ceremonies so they can be recognized personally.