Newman postpones 2020 commencement ceremony

By Courtney Klaus, Editor-In-Chief

Newman University is postponing its spring of 2020 commencement ceremony due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Interim University President Teresa Hall Bartels released a video to students announcing the decision on Sunday night.

"I'm deeply sorry about this decision. For the class of 2020, I know this is difficult news," she said. "You deserve the opportunity to celebrate with your classmates, teachers, friends and family. Unfortunately, that can't happen this May."

Bartels said the university still plans to celebrate the class of 2020 with an online commencement ceremony that the university will post on May 8 on its website and social media accounts.

The university will post more details about the online ceremony on the graduation page of Newman's website when more information is known, Bartels said.

Bartels added that graduates will be welcomed to attend and walk at a future commencement, and that at some point in the future the university will plan an event to celebrate when everyone can come together again.

"With the prayers of many, including our saints, Maria De Mattias and John Henry Newman, we will get through these challenging times together," she said. "And yes, we will celebrate. The remarkable class of 2020 definitely deserves it."

The Vantage will update this story as new information becomes available.

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