To the Graduating Class of 2020
Congratulations on earning your undergraduate degree! Biology is a rigorous course of study, and we know how much effort it takes to complete your degree, even in the best of times. Although social distancing guidelines prohibit the university from holding traditional commencement ceremonies this spring, the Department of Biology applauds you for completing the degree requirements under such challenging circumstances.
The university will hold an official commencement at a later time, but the date and exact nature of that ceremony is still being discussed. Meanwhile, the Department of Biology wants to publicly acknowledge your outstanding accomplishment and award your degree at the time originally scheduled for this year’s graduation. We will hold an Award and Recognition Celebration on Friday, May 8, at 2 pm, via YouTube (more details will be supplied in a future updates). You will be individually acknowledged during our celebration program. We share in your disappointment of not having a proper commencement ceremony at this time, but we want to honor your hard work and celebrate your success in a way that can be viewed and shared with you and your family and friends.
We invite you to submit a suitable photo of yourself to show when we award your degree. You may also include a brief statement about future plans (job, grad school, med school, military, etc.) and list any awards or honors that you have received. Photographs should be at least 720 pixels tall for portrait format and 1280 pixels wide for landscape. Please submit photos and other information to me no later than this Friday, May 1 to me at email@example.com.
We applaud your resilience and look forward to publicly recognizing your accomplishments.
Congratulations, and Gig ‘em!
Thomas D. McKnight, Professor and Head
Department of Biology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843
For more information on this event, contact McKensie LeFevre at firstname.lastname@example.org