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Monday, May 27, 2024

Virginia Wesleyan University plans in-person commencement


(WYDaily/Virginia Wesleyan University)

Editor’s Note: This story is brought to you by WYDaily, courtesy of Virginia Wesleyan University.

NORFOLK — Virginia Wesleyan University is moving forward with plans for five in-person Commencement ceremonies this May, President Scott D. Miller has announced. The news comes after Governor Ralph Northam announced his own plans to update Executive Order 72 on April 1, allowing for ceremonies with up to 30 percent of the stated capacity of an indoor facility.

In-person Commencement ceremonies for the VWU Class of 2021 are currently scheduled as follows. All ceremonies will be livestreamed on the VWU Digital Broadcasting Network.

Saturday, May 8
Birdsong School of Social Science: 9:00 a.m.
Joan P. Brock School of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: 11:30 a.m.
Susan S. Goode School of Arts and Humanities: 2:00 p.m.
D. Henry Watts School of Professional Studies: 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 16
Virginia Wesleyan University Global Campus (VWU Online/MBA): 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Timothy Carter, President of the Boston-based environmental advocacy organization Second Nature, will be the Commencement keynote speaker. Dr. David Black, President-Emeritus of Lakeland University and Eastern University, will serve as speaker for the virtual Baccalaureate Service.

Honorary doctoral degrees will be presented to Dr. Susan Torma Beverly ’72, Philanthropist, Trustee and VWU Alumna (Doctor of Humane Letters); Dr. Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges (Doctor of Humane Letters); Dr. Timothy Carter (Doctor of Science); and Dr. David Black (Doctor of Divinity). The Wesley Award will be presented to Dr. Mark Hanshaw, former Associate Secretary General of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church; Rev. M. Wayne Snead, District Superintendent of the Elizabeth River District of the Virginia Conference; and Marie Porter, University Chaplain.

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