Over the past few months, you have heard from me many times, and I wish that today I were writing with better news. After much discussion surrounding the feasibility of hosting a safe and welcoming commencement for the Class of 2020 this August, we have decided to postpone these well-deserved celebrations once again.
Back in April, we promised you that we would bring you back to campus for a true Farmington commencement event. We had hoped that we would reunite this summer, but as the pandemic rages on all around us we need to, yet again, change course. We understand this decision follows a long list of changed and canceled plans, and that the unknown has been, and continues to be, so frustrating.
We know this is not what you want to hear, but rest assured, we did not make this decision lightly. Given the current regulations surrounding large group gatherings, the safety recommendations from civil authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our commitment to keeping our students, their families, and the greater Farmington community safe, we do not feel it is our community’s best interest to hold an in-person event at this time.
With that said, we remain committed to celebrating the accomplishments of our many talented students in the Class of 2020. As we begin exploring possible dates and details of a future event, we want to ensure that your wishes remain at the forefront of our plans. Your ideas and responses will help inform our decisions moving forward.
For now, please continue to take care of yourselves and your loved ones. Continue to pursue your dreams. Be kind to and empathetic with your friends and neighbors. And show the world what it means to be a UMF Beaver.
We will meet again; of this, I am sure. Until then, Go Beavers!
Best wishes in ever-trying times,
President, University of Maine at Farmington
Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition
The University of Maine at Farmington held a special Virtual Recognition event in honor of Class of 2020 graduates on Saturday, May 9, the University’s original Commencement date for 2020. The social media event to celebrate this year’s 374 outstanding graduates took place on UMF’s official Facebook and Instagram platforms.
While we know this couldn’t replace the experiences lost over the last two months, our hope is it gave students a platform to celebrate their accomplishments.
“We are so proud of our graduates and all they have achieved this year. They have inspired their families, fellow students and communities with an exceptional level of determination and innovation during these unprecedented times. It is an honor to take this moment to celebrate their personal commitment and singular success in accomplishing their educational goals.” — UMF President Edward Serna
The Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition event began with a personal message from UMF President Serna on Facebook and included a series of short speeches from faculty, staff, community members and fellow students that were posted on Instagram.
Maine musical talent, GoldenOak performed a virtual set for graduates, a Class of 2020 photo slide show was posted, and there was a virtual toast for the class hosted by the UMF Alumni Council.
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