Spring Hill College’s 2020 and 2021 Commencements will be held on May 8 at Avenue of the Oaks and Byrne Memorial Hall. Class of 2020 Commencement will start at 8:30 A.M. Graduating seniors from the class of 2021 have the option to choose from 11 A.M. or 1:30 P.M. for Commencement.
In keeping with the college’s long-standing tradition, the Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement Ceremony will be held, weather permitting, outdoors and will include a procession along the Avenue of the Oaks. Below is important information regarding the weekend’s events and plans such as the Baccalaureate Mass, Commencement Ceremony and Virtual Ceremony. All plans are, of course, subject to change based on public health recommendations and regulations.
The Baccalaureate Mass will be held on Friday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m. on Library Field near Byrne Hall. There will be no formal procession. Seating is open and the college encourages graduating seniors to sit with their family members. Chairs will be set up for social distancing based on guidelines set by the Archdiocese. Like Commencement the graduates are limited to two guests at the Mass.
The in-person ceremony will focus on the procession of graduates and the conferral of degrees. In order to protect the safety of all involved, each student may only bring 2 guests. Information on the SHC Commencement, including a link to a livestream of the ceremony to allow friends and family to view this celebration. Masks are required for graduates and their guests.
The in-person ceremony will be shortened, but it will be augmented with a virtual component that will include the class orator, the announcement of awards, and the individual announcement of names. Graduating students will be contacted in the near future by the vendor for the virtual event who will provide more details about the virtual component, including instructions for how to upload photos and how to access social media components of the virtual ceremony. Students will be able to download and share the virtual component with family and friends.
This year's commencement has taken much more planning and time than in previous years and the administration appreciates everyone’s patience. Dr. Hager states “Commencement planning is always a laborious process and involves a team of about 25 faculty, administrators, and staff. This year is more challenging than most because of the need for social distancing, health precautions, and trying to plan for three face to face ceremonies and one virtual ceremony. We have spent about 3 months in the planning of the events and we know our hard work will pay off when graduates and their families are able to celebrate this momentous occasion.”