Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020 

The commencement exercises for the Southwestern College Class of 2020 have been rescheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021.

The commencement planning team at Southwestern College developed a plan based on a survey sent to graduating students in April. The survey had strong participation with an overwhelming majority expressing that they would prefer a traditional commencement ceremony held in late summer or August. Nearly 20% of the survey respondents expressed a preference for a virtual ceremony to be held in May 2020, while others indicated a preference for attending a ceremony in May 2021. Given the results of the survey, initially, the team was working to plan ceremonies on August 22-23, but circumstances prohibiting travel for some graduates and/or requiring a 14-day period of quarantine before participation of others, these realities led the team to reschedule the Class of 2020's commencement ceremonies to May 8, 2021.

Class of 2020 Commencement 

May 8, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. CST | Richard L. Jantz Stadium

We are planning a traditional on-campus graduation ceremony in Richard L. Jantz Stadium for undergraduate and graduate students on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.

The 2020 Fran Jabara Leadership Awards, and the Charles H. and Verda R. Kopke Distinguished Teaching Award Faculty Recognition will be announced and celebrated as part of the May 8 commencement ceremony.

Our planning for the ceremony will be guided by the following broad and important considerations: Public health, individual health, mission fulfillment, business continuity, public policy guidance and regulations, available capacities.


Virtual Celebration of the Class of 2020

Held May 10, 2020

A celebratory ceremony marking the completion of academic programs for our senior and graduate students was held via YouTube live-stream on May 10, 2020. The virtual ceremony included a conferral of degrees by President Brad Andrews and remarks from our Academic Dean, Ross Peterson-Veatch. It also included a brief address from Sandra Gasca-Gonzalez, who is a 1994 Southwestern College graduate and is serving on the college’s board of trustees. The celebration was not meant to replace our in-person commencement proceedings, which are being planned for May 2021, but intended to celebrate and virtually gather the Class of 2020 on what would have been the day of their graduation day.

Download the Class of 2020 Virtual Celebration Program (PDF)

Diplomas were sent via the US Postal Service with delivery confirmation to the student's permanent home address three to four weeks after May 10. If you have questions please contact our Registrar, Amanda McKimson.

Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2021

May 9, 2021 | 2:30 p.m. CST | Richard L. Jantz Stadium


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