Virtual Commencement 2020

On Sat., May 9, Maryville College held a virtual commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020. The event, streamed on the College’s Facebook page and website, was meant to mark the graduation of approximately 250 graduates who did not have a spring commencement on campus because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Below, the ceremony can be experienced in two parts:  Spoken addresses, including the welcome from Class President Jordan Muse ’20; and a slideshow of the graduates with audio.

Seniors and family members can access Flickr to download the individual slides.

The virtual ceremony included a message from Class President Jordan Muse ’20, prayer by Campus Minister the Rev. Dr. Anne McKee, announcement of the Outstanding Teacher Award winner by Vice President and Dean of the College Dr. Dan Klingensmith, and music provided by the College’s Concert Choir.

This year’s Commencement speaker, Tom Taylor ’70, an alumnus of Maryville College and mayor of the city of Maryville, gave a brief address to the graduating class. Dr. Karen Beale, associate professor of psychology and 2019 winner of the Outstanding Teacher Award, offered remarks as the mace bearer.

Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart conferred degrees and gave the traditional charge to the class. A video slideshow of members of the Class of 2020 and message from Bronte Taylor ’20, vice president of the class, followed.

Maryville College has announced that it plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony on Sat., Dec. 19.