Dear Graduates of the Class of 2020,
Congratulations on completing your studies at Virginia University of Lynchburg.
I write with news that I’m sure you all were expecting. That makes it no easier for me to deliver or for you to receive.
In March, I wrote that I would update you on plans for an in-person commencement ceremony. While we had hoped a summer gathering would be possible, we still don’t know what the spread of COVID-19 will be like in the coming months, including its impact on resuming classes this fall. Consequently, I’m compelled to report, we will be unable to conduct our traditional in-person commencement ceremony this year.
We are deeply proud of VUL students and there are few experiences that are as important to you — and to us — than celebrating your graduation together. We will provide an opportunity, if you so choose, for you to take part in a future traditional ceremony (May 2021), and I promise you we are hard at work to create a special, memorable and fun experience for you and your families as an option for this May.
I know that you are disappointed. So are we
The Board of Trustees will need to meet and approve all graduates before we can confer or order degrees from the printing company. As of this date, the printing company is still closed.
Hopefully, once the Board has approved the candidates and the printing company opens, we will be able to service your request.
You will receive more details from us in the days ahead about our plans to hold the best commencement that we possibly can – as only VUL can do.
One principle continues to drive every decision: protecting the health and safety of you and your family.
Good luck and best wishes for completing your studies this spring. I wish you good health.
Kathy Franklin, President