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Lyon College announces 2020 commencement date

The Lyon College Office of the Provost has announced the College's updated plans for commencement, baccalaureate, and the spring honors convocation.

The College will hold a virtual commencement at 10 a.m. CST Saturday, May 16. The video of commencement will be shared on all of the College’s social media channels and can be viewed on the website at https://www.lyon.edu/commencement-2020

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates as soon as possible following commencement. Seniors are encouraged to take selfies in their regalia for the College to share and celebrate following the commencement ceremony.

The College will not host baccalaureate and the torch lighting ceremony at this time. However, graduates will have the opportunity to attend a special 2020 alumni event in the fall. More details about the alumni event will be shared soon.

A recording of the spring honors convocation will be posted on the College’s social media channels and website on Tuesday, April 21. Award certificates from the convocation will be distributed after the video is posted.

Provost Dr. Melissa Taverner shared the following message on Friday, April 3:

To members of the Lyon College Class of 2020 and their families:

We are living in unprecedented times. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to a halt virtually all of our normal daily activities, has precipitated the necessity for communities to exist and support each other in new ways and has resulted in the temporary cancellation of celebrations that mark milestones.   The plans that we have had in place for months to recognize and honor the accomplishments of our graduates are now undergoing some necessary changes so that we can continue to protect the most vulnerable among us. We will not be able to gather together on campus as a Lyon family on the weekend of May 9th for Commencement Weekend, but that does not mean that this important moment in the lives of our students, the faculty and staff, friends and family will go unmarked.  We all mourn the loss of these important rituals: walking together into Brown Chapel for a service of thanksgiving and blessing on Friday; the long walk together to Bryan Lake in the gathering twilight to create a powerful collective beacon grounded in community as each graduate shares their flame around the water; processing one last time, accompanied by bagpipes, with faculty and friends to the ceremony of celebration marking the beginning of your life as Lyon alumni. The sadness of unrealized anticipation must be recognized, but we cannot allow this disappointment to supplant the joy and pride in your accomplishments.