BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University plans to celebrate the Class of 2020
during a traditional outdoor Commencement ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Kemp Commencement Plaza in front of State Farm Hall.
If circumstances change based on guidance from the governor's office and public health
officials in response to COVID-19, this story will be updated and we will communicate
any changes to the Class of 2020, their families and our campus community.
The ceremony, traditionally held in May, was rescheduled due to Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines limiting large events and mass gatherings
in the U.S. amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know this isn’t the end-of-year scenario you had hoped for, but the extraordinarily
resilient Class of 2020 and their experiences with Illinois Wesleyan are, if anything,
cherished even more as we've maintained our connections online during these challenging
times,” President S. Georgia Nugent wrote in a letter to the Class of 2020 and their
In addition to Commencement, an event to honor seniors will be held on Saturday, Aug.
In the event of heavy rains or severe weather alerts, the Commencement ceremony will
be relocated indoors to the Shirk Center. For students and families who are unable
to attend, the ceremony will also be live streamed.