President L. Randolph Lowry informed the entire Lipscomb Community, during a Live Virtual Conversation, that graduation will be held virtually for May Commencement.

This came after an email from the Graduation Office was sent to all May and August Graduates informing them that all graduation activities will be held online.

“I am sorry to announce that we will not have a traditional graduation in May,” said Lipscomb President L. Randolph Lowry.

“We simply don’t believe that we will be allowed, even, to have that kind of crowd on campus.”

All events concerning graduation will be moved to virtual meetings. This includes: baccalaureate, college, and department celebrations, and conferring of degrees.

Virtual baccalaureate will take place on Friday, May 1 for a final time of worship with Lipscomb for the seniors.

College and department celebrations will have virtual celebrations.

The graduate office email states, “Since we cannot be together in person in May for our usual dinners and celebrations, each college and department will plan a virtual celebration for you and your classmates,”.

The email also touched on the conferring of degrees, stating, ” We will virtually confer your degrees as planned on May 2. Many of you have jobs and graduate school plans following graduation and we know it is very important for you to have your degrees,”.

Those who plan to complete their degrees in May or August do have a chance to participate in an on-campus commencement.

“We are going to invite everyone who completes their degree work in May or everyone who completes it in August to join us in December. Actually the 19th of December, where we will have a tremendous day of formal commencement on the Lipscomb University campus,” said President Lowry.

The email from the Graduation Officed closed in stating:

“In the next few weeks, you will receive more details about the May events to celebrate and memorialize your graduation. Know that we are proud of your hard work and for finishing this semester strong! Thank you for your patience as we navigate this unusual time together,” said President Lowry.

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