This time of year always brings mixed emotions as we celebrate and say goodbye to our graduates. Things are particularly pronounced this year and while we are so proud of our seniors we are also sad that the closing months of their time with us at Visible was shifted so dramatically with the pandemic.
It was lovely to have our last Worship time together a couple of weeks ago sharing stories and honoring you and your accomplishments. As JD mentioned during that time, we would be having a larger celebration for the postponed graduation when we return in August.
I want to apologize to the seniors and families that we haven’t gotten the new confirmed August date out before today.
Based on your feedback our current plan is to hold a Fall commencement (graduation) at the start of the Fall semester as a part of the Blitz/Orientation weeks. We have confirmed the rescheduled date now as AUGUST 29, 2020 at 10am and the venue has changed back to our Main campus at 200 Madison.
Graduation rehearsal will be the day before August 28, 2020 @ 11am, followed by our Graduate Luncheon and then our Baccalaureate Service @ 4pm.
We realize that state and local guidance around gatherings will potentially be an issue and are planning to have video broadcast of the commencement in the event that family members are unable to travel or restrictions cap the size of gatherings. We would love for as many seniors to participate as they can and we’ll be sending an additional email confirming attendance later this summer.
We are also happy to let you know we are able to make some travel funds available to help students traveling into Memphis for the ceremony. Email [email protected] to confirm August attendance to access those funds.
Bachelors graduates will have to submit their 45-60 second Senior Videos by Friday July 31, 2020 to [email protected] to be shown at graduation right before you emerge from behind the stage.
If you’ve not been to a Visible graduation before or you’re not sure what that is then make sure to come to the zoom Graduation Q&A drop in on Monday May 18, 2020 @ 10am where we can help with any questions you have.
We have all the bachelor student “Intent to Graduate” forms you filled out back in February confirming regalia sizing and name for your diploma. If your address has changed make sure to email [email protected] with the updated information. If you are a certificate or masters graduate who hasn’t completed the form yet please check your emails to see a new copy going out today.
Hopefully you got the emails Isaac Harper sent out requesting information for the weekly Senior Spotlights on social media. If you haven’t submitted those yet please get that info to him ASAP so we can give you a shout out on social media 2019/2020 Senior Spotlight Survey
Please email myself or Sunethra with any questions and we will answer as best as able with as much certainty as exists in these changing times.
Dr. Cam Harvey
VP of Academics