Dear Students and Families of the Class of 2020,

I hope this message finds all of you well amid the COVID-19 situation. Despite the uncertainty surrounding our daily lives, we eagerly anticipate the conclusion and celebration of the Class of 2020’s years of tireless work and study, culminating in a degree from Assumption College.

At the end of each academic year, we celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of students who have completed their academic journeys. While this year’s Commencement has been rescheduled from May to August, the College community still wishes to recognize the official date upon which degrees shall be conferred upon the members of the Class of 2020 who have met all of their requirements, marking the completion of their academic program.
 
I invite you to join myself, Provost and Academic Vice President Greg Wiener, Ph.D., and Vice President for Mission Father Richard Lamoureux, A.A., Ph.D., for an online Conferral of Degrees Ceremony on Sunday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m., livestreamed from the Chapel of the Holy Spirit . Following this brief ceremony recognizing the Class of 2020 graduates, we will livestream a special Mass for seniors from the Chapel beginning at 7 p.m.
 
This ceremony is one of many efforts to recognize the candidates for graduation and their families who have guided students to this important milestone in their lives. Despite the COVID-19 situation, we have decided to celebrate this momentous occasion and the achievements of our seniors virtually in May through this conferral ceremony and again in August, when we shall gather in person for the Commencement ceremony. 
 
Please know that this Conferral of Degrees Ceremony does not replace the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement scheduled for August 22 and 23, respectively.

I pray that you remain safe and healthy as we endure this pandemic and prepare to emerge from this situation stronger and appreciative of the gifts bestowed upon us by God. Students, good luck on your final exams and projects. 

Remember, #HoundsAreStrongerTogether.

Sincerely,