Written by: Kedrick Nettleton, Staff Writer
Connection is at the center of the OKWU experience – connection with life-long friends, faculty, staff, and, ultimately, Jesus Christ.
In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face connection remains inadvisable, but that isn’t stopping OKWU from doing everything it can to make the 2020 Commencement a special experience for our Eagle graduates. The university will be premiering a virtual graduation event May 9, at 10:30 AM CT, taking place via Facebook. Technology will allow our graduates to connect virtually with their friends, family, and the university faculty who helped them on their way to this achievement.
“It literally breaks my heart to have to change our plans for May 2020 Commencement. I know what this means to you and your family. It means a lot to me, too,” President Jim Dunn wrote in a letter to the graduating class. “Thank you all for displaying grace and care for one another as we are adapting to an unprecedented health challenge. May you continue to experience the help of God in your coursework and lives this semester.
The ceremony will include many traditional elements of an on-the-ground OKWU graduation, including the conferral of degrees, the ceremonial ringing of Sam’s Bell, and a keynote address delivered by President Dunn. Evan Smith and other graduates will share the scripture reading. Kjirsten Brown will deliver the student testimonial, and Abby Powell and Ally Umfleet will ring Sam’s Bell, an honor given to those who embody the spirit and mission of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
Family, alumni, and friends are encouraged to like, comment, and share the virtual ceremony. All are invited to share there celebratory photos and videos using #OKWUgrad2020.
And this virtual ceremony isn’t the only honor for our unique class of 2020 graduates; a special on-site graduation will be held August 22, 2020 for those graduates who wish to return and walk with their peers.
“Thank you all for displaying grace and care for one another as we are adapting to an unprecedented health challenge. May you continue to experience the help of God in your coursework and lives this semester.”