2020 Commencement Canceled
We have made the very difficult decision to cancel our plans for the in-person 2020 Commencement event scheduled on August 8 due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Wichita, and a new order limiting the gathering of groups to 45 persons. As much as I want to congratulate and honor each one of you, for the health and safety of everyone involved, it is not possible to gather at this time.
We are saddened that we are unable to provide an in-person Commencement. We know this is not what you had planned as you wrapped up your college journey. We do want to celebrate and recognize you for your accomplishments and we invite you to participate in the 2021 Commencement event scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021. Future Commencement dates and information will be updated at friends.edu/commencement. I know that many plans have already been made for Aug. 8, so I will be in Alumni Auditorium in my regalia from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. to personally congratulate you and be available for a photo. If you decide to come to campus that morning, please wear your mask and check-in at the front entrance of Davis Hall for an opportunity to come in to the auditorium.
COVID-19 has disrupted so many plans for celebrations, but it doesn’t take away from all of your achievements. As you enter this new chapter in your life after graduation, I hope you will always know how proud your Falcon family is of you and your resilience during this time. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing what your future holds.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Dr. Amy Bragg Carey
Dr. Carey 2020 Commencement Announcement On May 9
First of all, thanks for your patience with us as we deal with the range of decisions we need to make in the face of the current coronavirus pandemic. We know that the uncertainty has caused many of you anxiety about how you will be able to celebrate your and your classmates’ accomplishments. A joyous occasion, worth a serious celebration. It’s also a significant way for all of us to give thanks for how we’ve worked together to equip each of you (and ourselves) to better “… honor God and serve others by integrating your intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” Our goal is to make it as joyous as we can under the circumstances.
Early in April, we sent out a survey to every student who had applied to graduate this spring. The results were unambiguous. You want to see and be seen by your friends and professors in person when you receive your diploma and, in the case of graduate students, your hood. Your strong preference for the ceremony is August. We got the message.
Based on your feedback, we are planning a commencement ceremony on August 8, 2020. Our initial plan is to have a hooding ceremony for the graduate students followed by a commencement ceremony.
That being said, please understand that the date is somewhat out of our hands. If the governor of Kansas declares we are not able to hold an assembly of more than a small number of people, we will not have the option to hold a ceremony on August 8. We don’t know what the governor will decide so we are planning as if it will happen on that date. If we cannot gather in early August, we will regroup and come up with plan B as soon as we have clarity about our options.
Please be patient with us as we try to balance our desire for a commencement ceremony with our obligations to our fellow citizens during this pandemic. We care about all of you.