We continue to monitor possibilities for the rescheduling of Commencement 2020.
Check back November 2 for updates.
To the Class of 2020:
Sadly, I announce the postponement of Austin College’s 2020 Commencement celebration and exercises scheduled for August 8 and 9. This decision was made after extensive deliberation of senior leadership and our diligent monitoring of public health data and recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic. I know you are disappointed; we are disappointed for you. We are very proud of the Class of 2020 and sincerely looked forward to celebrating your achievements in person next month. However, mandated restrictions about group gathering sizes and, most importantly, concern about the health and safety of our graduates, their families, and our campus community make the Commencement weekend in August neither feasible nor wise.
Though we still hope to reschedule this important milestone to a time when we can celebrate safely, diplomas will be mailed directly to graduates in the coming weeks.
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Thank you for understanding this disappointing news. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you good health.
Steven P. O'Day, J.D.
The Cecil H. and Ida M. Green
Chair of Creative Educational Leadership
Commencement Weekend Activities
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Student Speaker: Crystalle Fry
Crystalle Fry was selected by her classmates to present the Senior Address at Commencement. At Austin College, Crystalle was a delegate for National Model United Nationals competition, vice president of Pre-Law Society, a Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow ambassador, vice president of Omega Zeta sorority, a member of the Catholic Student Association, and an Admission Office ambassador. She completed a major in political science and a minor in history, and will attend Oklahoma City University School of Law this fall.
A Virtual Baccalaureate was presented May 9, 2020.
The service included prayers and readings led by members of the Class of 2020. Music was presented by current and alumni members of the Austin College A Cappella Choir. The Rev. Amy Poling Sutherlun ’00, co-pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Marcos, Texas, delivered the Baccalaureate sermon. She will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree during Commencement exercises.