Roanoke College holds virtual graduation for more than 400 graduates


ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Roanoke College held its virtual graduation on Saturday.

Many schools are using an online format to honor 2020 graduates due to the coronavirus pandemic. Roanoke College says it is mailing diplomas and plans to hold an in-person ceremony after the health crisis is over.

Saturday’s Facebook Live event featured Roanoke College President Michael C. Maxey; Dr. Richard A. Smith, Vice President and Dean of the College; the Rev. Christopher M.  Bowen, Timothy L. Pickle Dean of the Chapel, as well as the Roanoke College mascot, Rooney.

“This virus has disrupted our lives but it cannot wreck our values or our spirits,” said President Maxey. “It is not often we can claim that, ‘we are part of  history in the making . . . But, this degree conferral is history in the making. Its virtual format is historic. The last months are historic. The lack of your presence over the past months is historic. Moving to remote learning is historic. For all of those reasons and many more, you make history. In fact, you are creators of history in this moment.” 

Vice President Smith called upon faculty and staff members in his speech, saying, “It is with great pride that I virtually present to you the heart and soul of this College, the faculty and staff. Even though you can’t see them now, you know them, you know their faces and their hearts. Together, they provide remarkable and steadfast support to our students — both nurturing and pushing them to excel.”

The Class of 2020 is comprised of 429 graduates from 30 states and 10 countries. Of the 429 graduates, 216 graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, 133 finished with a Bachelor of Science degree and 80 earned Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.

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