Fall 2020 commencement moves online

Simon Elfrink

Staff Writer

selfrink@murraystate.edu

Murray State’s fall 2020 commencement ceremony has officially been moved to a virtual setting.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the graduation ceremony will officially take place online. The University’s official website added that additional details are forthcoming. Spring and summer 2020 graduates will also be celebrated during the virtual ceremony.

While the announcement is still new, responses haven’t been positive toward the idea of a virtual graduation ceremony. Chelsea Tucker, TV production major and spring 2020 graduate, voiced her disapproval of the arrangement.

“I feel like the class of 2020 has been cheated,” Tucker said. “I believe there are precautions that could be taken to have a safe, traditional graduation. Whether we limit guests, have it at the football stadium or split it into a series of smaller graduations, I feel like something could be done.”

Tucker said she doesn’t think the virtual graduation will allow the graduating class to adequately celebrate this important milestone. Tucker doubts she is the only one who is disappointed at the circumstances and cannot help but wish for an alternative method of commencement.

“When the class of 2020 walked out of our classrooms for Spring Break, we didn’t know that would be our last time on campus,” Tucker said. “For many of us, graduation was going to be our chance to say goodbye to our professors and friends we’ve made at Murray State.”

While the information on the commencement page on the University’s official website is minimal, the announcement details a closing statement detailing Murray State’s excitement to be celebrating the achievements of the Racer graduates.