Trevecca’s annual Homecoming Weekend events will move to a virtual format this year, while a fall Commencement Celebration previously planned to honor Dec. 2019 and May 2020 graduates will be rescheduled to Dec. 5.
“Over the course of the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to make a number of difficult decisions as a University,” said Dr. Dan Boone, Trevecca president. “We had hoped that by fall, we’d be able to welcome both our alumni and our most recent graduates home to the Hill to celebrate during the first weekend of November, but it’s become clear that doing so would be unwise.”
University officials announced the changes to recent graduates today, citing local COVID mandates and shifting public health restrictions as well as a desire to protect the campus community.
Moving the Commencement Celebration to December will allow the University to welcome graduates back to campus safely, while also celebrating their achievements during the 2020 calendar year.
“We want to honor our 2020 graduates and give them an in-person experience to hear their name called in their cap and gown,” said Dr. Tom Middendorf, University provost. “While we won't be able to celebrate with a large crowd, we have reimagined a way to capture some of the most important aspects of this milestone for our graduates.”
Additional timeslots may be added, depending on graduate participation.
Officials are also reimagining the University’s annual Homecoming Weekend. Homecoming 2020—centered around the theme “Dear Ol’ TNU”—is expected to include a number of virtual events, such as Founder’s Day Chapel and the Town and Country Showcase.
While the weekend will look a bit different from previous celebrations, Dr. Michael Johnson, director of alumni and church engagement, is excited about the opportunities the virtual celebration offers.
“Homecoming is such a special weekend, a time for alumni and their families to celebrate, remember and reconnect with a place and a people who have shaped our lives,” Johnson said. “But moving to a virtual format allows us to bring the fun, excitement and sense of family that permeates Homecoming Weekend to more alumni all around the world. We're building a celebration for this year that we hope brings the Trevecca community together, no matter where they are.”
Graduates and their families can learn more about the December Commencement celebration experience at www.trevecca.edu/Commencement and a detailed email with specific information about how to RSVP will follow in coming days.
Updates regarding the University’s virtual Homecoming plans will be provided at www.trevecca.edu/Homecoming.