Provost Ty Buckman and the deans of MBU’s five academic colleges prompted graduates both to look back at all they have accomplished and to look forward with confidence in their abilities.
“Graduates of the Class of 2020, as your provost, it has been a true honor to get to know you, to meet you in the hallways and on the sidewalks … to be part of your community, a community that you’ve played a vital role in building,” said Buckman.
“You’re beginning a new phase,” said Martha Walker, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “From here, it might look more uncertain than what you’ve just come from, but your successes are bound to be even greater.”
Giving a special tribute to a group of historic graduates within the Class of 2020 was Dean of the Mary Baldwin College for Women Carey Usher.
“With your dignity and pride, your grace, your wisdom, and passion, as the last single-sex entering class, you helped us build a new Mary Baldwin College for Women, one that honors the legacy and the community and the sisterhood that is so, so important to all of us, not just to women,” said Usher, about the students who entered Mary Baldwin during the 2016-17 academic year and are now graduating as the final all-women class in the undergraduate residential program.
In addition to recorded speeches and remarks, MBU’s virtual Commencement also features a celebratory slide for each graduate, recognizing them by name and listing their degree and Latin honors. Award recipients for 2020 also garner a mention on the celebratory page. MBU social media is also sharing select photos, congratulations, memories, class spirit, and best wishes for 2020 graduates across all channels under the hashtag #MBU20.