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April 27, 2020   |  Campus Communication

A Message to the Class of 2020


When weighing the effects, information and consequences of COVID-19 on our community, even though I understand the consequences and effects it has already had on the lives of literally millions, the decision to postpone graduation was undeniably one of the most hurtful and emotional decisions I have made as president. I can recall no other time in higher education when our needs were any greater, our fears any more unsettling and our learning community stretched any further. But as a Benedictine community, we do have each other, we do stand united and although we are apart…we remain close.

The graduating class of 2020 will be remembered for their resilience by being able to pivot from their normal and customary way of learning to adjusting and adapting to a virtual classroom setting. For many of you, undergraduate as well as graduate students, sacrifices are nothing new when it comes to achieving your goals. Although we had to postpone the regularly scheduled graduation ceremonies, we are not allowing COVID-19 to force you to make another sacrifice as this year’s graduating class. Even though we cannot gather in person to celebrate in May, we are planning ways in which we can acknowledge and recognize your accomplishments.

There is no way to describe the importance of this moment and how your life will be changed forever because of it. What you have accomplished is noteworthy and important in today’s world. In addition to your degree, you carry with you the support and encouragement of the entire Benedictine community— one that stands united; one that supports; one that remains close, especially in hard times. It is my belief the Benedictine values and experiences you had throughout your time at this University will serve you well in the most challenging of times.

I am pleased to announce that we have set a tentative date for the Lisle Campus 2020 Commencement Ceremony to take place on Sunday, October 18, 2020 – the weekend of Homecoming. We are presently in discussions for our Mesa Campus Commencement with a date to be forthcoming. Please know that our Benedictine community is extremely proud of your accomplishments, and it is our honor to welcome you as new members of the Benedictine University Alumni Association.

I am confident you will go out into the world to follow your dreams, share your knowledge and practice the values you have experienced at Benedictine University. In the words of our Alma Mater…

“Hail Benedictine! Carry us through strife, Seeking God’s glory always in our life.”

Congratulations and I look forward to our celebration together soon!

Charles Gregory
Benedictine University