Dear USF Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The message below was sent to December 2020 graduates earlier this morning.
Dear December 2020 Graduates,
As you prepare to complete this chapter of your academic work, I want to commend you for persevering during this challenging time when classes and university operations are mostly remote. I join your professors, classmates, family, and friends in congratulating you on your achievements and send best wishes for your continued success.
I am pleased to let you know that the university will celebrate you with a virtual commencement ceremony on Dec. 11. Please save the date! More information will be posted soon on the USF website.
None of us imagined we would be navigating this remote academic experience amid a deadly, global pandemic and all that has brought: uncertainty, social isolation, a devasting economic crisis. Please know that the entire university community stands with you now and in the months and years ahead. We hope you are staying strong, safe, and well. We look forward to the day when we can invite you — and our May 2020 graduates — to gather again in person at USF when we can open the campus safely.
In November, you will receive a link with information about how you and your friends and family can view your commencement on Dec. 11. You will also receive details about how to submit your information for inclusion in the reading of graduates’ names during the ceremony. Thank you for being responsive to this request as we plan for a meaningful recognition of all our graduates. In the meantime, please visit the Graduation Center on myUSF for details on diplomas, regalia, class rings, and more.
Good luck in the remaining weeks of the semester. I look forward to celebrating with you on Dec. 11.
Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.