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Nazareth hosting Class of 2020 Commencement ceremonies as online event, July 18

Published May 26, 2020

A letter from Nazareth College President Daan Braveman to the Class of 2020:

Dear class of 2020 grad,

In the context of limitations regarding large group gatherings mandated by New York state, Nazareth College has come to the difficult decision to host our Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies as an online event on July 18.

Like you, we had hoped that a traditional, in-person commencement would be possible this year. From our faculty and counselors to our staff and support teams, every member of our campus community would like nothing more than to see your proud smile as you cross the stage and loudly cheer you on as you take hold of your diploma.

We have watched you grow, learn, and prepare for life during your time at Nazareth, and you have earned a special place in our hearts as the class that rose up, rallied, and carried on in the face of unprecedented challenge.

I know that for many grads this news of an online commencement will be disappointing to hear. I wish things could be different. Please know that we will do our very best to make this online commencement an event to remember.

Already, our operational teams are banding together to work out technical details and logistics like the time of day, the schedule of events, how to get your cap and gown, and more. Updates to plans will be posted to our webpage, Nazareth 2020 Commencement, and will be emailed promptly.

While there are many unknowns we need to work through yet, we do know this: This ceremony is immensely important. It marks a significant milestone in your academic career, professional career, and your life. As well as we possibly can in this time of social distancing, we intend to honor it with the respect it deserves and the celebration you have earned.

Daan Braveman, President

Prepare for virtual celebration Class of 2020: Download banners, yard signs, and more with the  Commencement tool kit.

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Nazareth 2020 Commencement

Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,300 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.

Class of 2020 graduates can download and print signs like this from the Commencement celebration tool kit.