Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Commencement is a sacred occasion in higher education and in the lives of graduates. Because of how important this event is to the entire Wilson family, we have delayed making a decision until it is absolutely clear whether or not we can provide for the protection and safety of our graduates, and their families and friends while providing the experience our graduates deserve. Given the progression and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, the most prudent decision is to delay Commencement. My heart aches for our graduates that we will not formally celebrate together on May 17, but we will mark the occasion remotely as I officially confer degrees upon the graduates and welcome them into the ranks of Wilson College alumni around the world.
And yet, even with this digital ceremony, we wish to celebrate the Class of 2020 in person and will do so on October 25, 2020, in what we think will be a weekend to remember. Leading up to the big day, we will celebrate Homecoming and Family weekend. We will officially celebrate the class of 2020’s first homecoming, as they join alumni from across the years along with families for what has become an exciting weekend of events including the ever popular BBQ & Brew and athletic competitions. We will also have the occasion to look towards the College’s future as we celebrate my formal installation as president on October 24. Most importantly, the weekend will conclude with formal Commencement ceremonies that will take place on October 25. I hope you will make plans to join us. Of course, we cannot predict the future of this virus, and should plans need to change, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D.