Class of 2020 & 2021 Commencement Update
Dear Classes of 2020 & 2021,
I hope this email finds your families and you well. 2020 was indeed a difficult year, but it is now 2021 and we continue to see God's grace in the faces of our hardworking students and in the reports we hear of what our amazing graduates are accomplishing in the world. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
It is our deep desire to provide you and your loved ones with a celebration that joyfully recognizes your accomplishments. So far COVID-19 has prevented us from gathering together in large groups. After evaluating the various options, our goal is to celebrate each class in their ceremonies; Class of 2020 on May 9, 2021, and Class of 2021 on May 8th, 2021. Our hope is that by then, restrictions will be lifted and we can gather together in person.
Class of 2020, in late January, we will reach out to you with an RSVP form for the May ceremony.
Official decisions about the in-person ceremony will be made in March in light of Pennsylvania and CDC health and safety guidelines at that time. If COVID-19 again prohibits us from celebrating on campus, a Virtual Ceremony will be held on May 8th of the class of 2021 and May 9th for Class of 2020.
Until then, we are continuing to pray for success in all of your endeavors. I look forward to celebrating you in May!
Ronald A. Matthews
We would like to send you a sweet treat to thank you for your contribution to the Eastern University community and congratulate you on your success! To ensure its delivery please fill out this Google Form by May 13th to confirm your current mailing address.
We will also use this information to keep in touch as we plan for your In-person Commencement Ceremony.
Herff Jones, the provider of your regalia, is offering to mail your cap and gown (and hood for Masters level grads) for FREE if you order now and/or before June 10th.
Please check your EU email for information from the Registrar of how you can get your FREE regalia.
International Students or if your current address is not a U.S. shipping address, please email Lori Bristol for additional instructions to ensure free shipping at email@example.com.
Doctoral students, please contact Chris Urban directly to order your regalia.
Any questions regarding regalia please reach out to Lori Bristol firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a variety of departments you may need to be in contact with: Registrar, Student Accounts, Housing, Library, etc. Please feel free to email or leave a voicemail and a member of the team will be in touch with you.
We sit in a place of uncertainty right now, we do not see an obvious clear way forward, but what we do know is this…. Your hard work and determination led you here, and paired with the love and support of God, you can stand strong and take on your next chapter.