by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager
On May 2, Cedarville University recognized 826 undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees, the largest graduating class in school history. Of this year’s undergraduate students, six also earned Master of Divinity degrees from the university, bringing the total degrees to 832.
This year’s class surpassed the 2019 class, which had been the largest with 821 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees conferred.
To honor this year’s graduates, Cedarville held an all-online Senior Celebration instead of hosting families and friends at the annual commencement ceremony on campus. The celebration was broadcast on a special Class of 2020 Celebration webpage, and the recorded event can be viewed there.
To watch the celebration video, click the play button below:
“The celebration is important for the class of 2020 so we can spend time reflecting on how great our time was at Cedarville,” said Zach Rubosky, vice president of the student government association. “This event gave seniors some closure on the year and officially ended this chapter of our lives. It was special knowing that the student body all tuned in together to relive some fun moments from the year and to be reminded of the Lord's faithfulness in it all.”
The Senior Celebration is one part of a threefold effort to honor the class of 2020. On April 20, the university began posting a video each day of significant and special moments in the four-year journey of this class. This 30-day video campaign will conclude on May 20.
The second thread in the class of 2020 recognition includes personal videos from four different seniors. Each video will highlight a transformational story of how their lives were changed during their time at Cedarville. Both the memory and story videos will be posted on Cedarville social media and on the Class of 2020 Celebration webpage.
The May 2 online celebration will not replace commencement, which will be held homecoming weekend on October 2-3, with full regalia.
In summary, events to recognize Cedarville’s senior class of 2020 include:
● Videos of significant and special moments of the senior class
● Four student transformational videos
● The Senior Celebration on May 2
● Traditional commencement with full regalia in October
Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about Cedarville University, visit www.cedarville.edu.