Sue Ryan | May 18, 2020
Encouraging graduates of the Class of 2020 to seize the challenges of this moment in time to be “a force for good,” University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., conferred degrees on undergraduate and graduate students around the world in the University’s first-ever virtual ceremony. He was joined by Thomas G. Burish, the Charles and Jill Fischer Provost, and Chairman of the Board of Trustees John J. Brennan for the livestreamed event from the Rex and Alice A. Martin Media Center studio in Corbett Family Hall.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Notre Dame postponed the 175th University Commencement Ceremony until Memorial Day weekend of May 2021.
Burish welcomed members of the Class of 2020, their family and friends and members of the Notre Dame community to the historic online degree conferral ceremony.
“Our world has changed a great deal these past few months,” Burish said. “The coronavirus has taken a tremendous toll on individuals, families and livelihoods across our nation and around the world. Among the many sad consequences of the pandemic is that it prevents us from celebrating this momentous day with you in person. While we are all disappointed that your degrees are being conferred virtually rather than in person, our pride in you and what you have accomplished, and what you have overcome, and our hopes and prayers for what you will accomplish and will become in the years ahead, could not be greater.”
Brennan delivered the invocation, acknowledging the many gifts of the Class of 2020 an
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