"Virtual Commencement"

Virtual Commencement

“It’s amazing what we can do if we simply refuse to give up.” —Octavia Butler

Like many college seniors across the country, Ursinus students missed out on a traditional commencement ceremony this spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But an online program, created with help from members of the Class of 2020, illustrated the strong sense of community in this graduating class.

The page includes hundreds of photos and personal reflections that tell the story of these Ursinus seniors, including a video produced by Moorea Cioppa ’20; a “virtual gauntlet” that presented well wishes from some 80 faculty and staff; and remarks by astronaut Christina Koch, who set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman with a total of 328 days in space. In her remarks, Koch reframed the term “isolation,” and told the students, “As astronauts do in unexpected situations, you all will rely on your training and apply it in new ways. You will search it for lessons and theories that can be extrapolated to the unexpected.”

Visit ursinus.edu/commencement to see the virtual ceremony.


  • Addresses to the Class of 2020 by Actor, Colman Domingo and Astronaut, Christina Koch
  • Virtual Gauntlet by faculty and staff