During four ceremonies stretched across two days, the MBU family celebrated the Class of 2021 during the 179th Commencement exercises on Page Terrace, and also welcomed back 2020 graduates for special recognition of their class.
President Pamela R. Fox, who presided over all the ceremonies, honored the fortitude of students and recent graduates for successfully navigating the past 14 months of the pandemic.
“Everyone was unsure on some days what to do next in the midst of a global health crisis, pressing issues of social justice, and chaos on many other levels,” Fox said in her opening remarks. “But each of you came to know yourselves better. You honed your values; you demonstrated resilience and hope; you drew inspiration from uncertainty. In doing so, you inspire us.”
At each ceremony, Fox asked graduates’ families and loved ones to rise for applause and thanks, in addition to their professors present at the ceremony, recognizing the support system that has helped seniors and graduate students reach their graduation day.
The university also recognized those who received Commencement awards this year, recognizing especially impressive achievements and academic success.