Although the May 9, 2020 commencement ceremony was originally rescheduled for Saturday, August 1, President Cottrell and TLU administration have decided to hold a virtual watch party event instead. The safety of our campus and our graduates' families are our highest priority as we continue to see COVID-19 cases drastically rising in our area. More details about the event and livestream will be available soon.
Dr. Cottrell's Message to May 2020 Graduates:
With much disappointment, I am writing to tell you that we have, as of today, made the decision to hold your August 1 Commencement as a virtual, rather than in-person, event. We have been monitoring this latest COVID surge across Texas for the past few weeks, and were hopeful we could still proceed with honoring you on campus. However, after consulting with local officials, we have been advised that an in-person event of this size is not recommended and could jeopardize your safety, as well as the safety of our larger community. Though there is much hope that things will improve in the coming weeks, we cannot plan on enough improvement by August 1 to proceed. I deeply regret this and was so hopeful to see you all in-person on August 1.
But, as promised, we will now shift to provide the best and most meaningful commencement ceremony possible for you and your family. Here is what you can expect in conjunction with the August 1 virtual event:
- You and your guests may view the Commencement Ceremony at a Watch Party on Saturday, August 1 at 8 p.m. I will join you and welcome you to the event. A link will be sent to the ceremony, which you can feel free to share this link with your guests.
- We ask that you send a photo, preferably in your cap and gown, to email@example.com by July 24 to be included in the livestream ceremony. Please include your name in the email with the photo.
- The ceremony will include an invocation from a member of the graduating class, a welcome from me, the presentation of each candidate and reading of the name by Dr. Sarah Ferguson (our new vice president for academic affairs), the TLU Alma Mater, and a closing prayer from a member of the class.
- You will receive copies of the printed commencement program in the mail before August 1. If you are receiving TLU Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude), you will receive your TLU honor cord in the package with the programs. This package will be mailed to the same address to which we mailed your diploma.
- Any questions about your commencement ceremony can be directed to Susan Rinn.
Each of you have accomplished so much in earning your degree from TLU, and you are all deserving of a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates that. We will make your virtual event very special, knowing the outstanding work you have done and the very unique spring semester you experienced.