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Shenandoah celebrates graduates with virtual commencement

18 May 2020 Winchester News


Shenandoah University held its first-ever virtual University Commencement this past Saturday. Shenandoah celebrated its 1,270 graduates with a variety of speakers and messages of encouragement.

Gov. Northam; Daymond John of ABC’s Shark Tank; Harlem Globetrotters Big Easy Lofton and Handles Franklin; U.S. Senator Mark Warner; and even the Nationals mascot, Screech, helped celebrate this year’s graduates.

The ceremony included live remarks by President Tracy Fitzsimmons and Provost Adrienne Bloss streamed via Zoom and Facebook Live from the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center. This year, President Fitzsimmons presented the class of 2020 with a recently purchased bright star from the constellation Taurus. The newly acquired star will be named “Shenandoah University Class of 2020,” and university officials are hopeful this will become a tradition for each graduating class.

The virtual ceremony can be viewed here. 

Shenandoah plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony Oct. 18 in the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics & Events Center.

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