Huge shoutout to Cassie Rohlfing, HED MA 2020 Graduate and MCE Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant, for the production of this video!
Morgridge College of Education Day of Celebration 2020
Congratulations to our 2020 graduates!
Although this is your time for celebration we would be remiss to ignore the pain, frustration, anger, and fear associated by the recent acts of racism and hate. As members of the MCE community, you’ve cared for one another, created space for each other, and affected social change through your courses and scholarship. As future leaders you will continue to affect change, it is our role, our responsibility.
We need you and your commitment to social justice in our schools, in our communities and in our society. We wanted to share a quote from our strategic plan. “Grounded in an ethic of social justice and an imperative to enhance the public good, our graduates pursue careers that meaningfully impact the lives of individuals and create tangible benefits for society.” Extending your commitment to serve others, particularly those who are most vulnerable or are marginalized in our society, fills us with pride.
As you know, due to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the in-person graduation ceremony has been postponed to spring 2021. The date of that ceremony will be announced early next year.
Despite this postponement, we want to properly honor your achievements now. We know students and families desire a celebration that meaningfully honors graduates. Therefore, the University of Denver is planning a day of recognition that includes both an in-person component and a digital ceremonial event that families around the world can view and share across social media.
Digital Ceremonial Event
DU will present a congratulatory video message from Chancellor Jeremy Haefner and others. They will pay proper tribute to both undergraduate and graduate students who are graduating this summer, and will be dressed in the academic regalia befitting such a significant moment. Most importantly, the Chancellor will officially confer degrees to students who have completed their academic requirements.
The video will be released at 2 p.m. MDT on Friday, August 21, so anyone who wishes to, may participate. We encourage students and families to share their celebratory photos and videos on social media and with their classmates throughout the day.
Celebratory, In-Person Photo Opportunity
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Clark and Chancellor Jeremy Haefner would also like an opportunity to congratulate graduates in-person. To make this special moment more personal, an in-person celebration will be held on August 21 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Mary Reed Circle on campus. Following all safety protocols, graduating students are invited to sign up to take a celebratory photo with the Chancellor and Provost. A similar event was held for the students who graduated this past June, and it was both fun and meaningful. Eligible students will receive sign-up details soon.
It’s likely only those near campus can join, but this opportunity is also being offered for those students who can participate safely and without undue hardship. When we are all back together again next year, the class of 2020 will be fully honored and celebrated in all the ways DU’s students and families have come to expect.
Academic Regalia for Graduates
Students who wish to order academic regalia for personal pictures and family celebrations at home are welcome to do so through the DU Bookstore.
Right now, we can’t possibly replicate what your original expectations were for summer Commencement 2020, but we do hope our plan achieves our greatest desire: to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and express our genuine gratitude for the families, faculty, and staff who made such success possible.