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Webster University Commencement 2020

The program for the 101st annual commencement ceremony in St. Louis, USA, where Webster University was founded in 1915, includes descriptions of ceremonial traditions as well as the names of graduates who would have attended the St. Louis ceremony. However, the names of all graduates worldwide* scrolled on the screen as part of the virtual ceremony held May 9.

*Those who graduated between Aug ‘19 - March ‘20, and May ‘20 grads who submitted their petition to graduate prior to April 9, 2020 and who were approved by their academic department or academic affairs.

View/Download Commencement Program

 

Virtual Ceremony - Saturday, May 9, 2020

Webster University held its first-ever virtual Commencement Ceremony on May 9, 2020, the same day our traditional main ceremony was originally scheduled for at The Muny in St. Louis before the COVID-19 pandemic prevented large gatherings. Watched by thousands around the world, this event featured many elements of the traditional main ceremony. Hear commencement addresses from commencement speaker Vlad Ivkovic, Chair of the Board Rob Reeg, Chancellor Beth Stroble, President Julian Schuster and greetings from the academic deans, and see the names of more than 4,700 graduates worldwide scroll across the screen.

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates -- you persevered amid extraordinary circumstances!

Click the links below to view different parts of the ceremony.

Virtual Commencement Ceremony: This video contains the full ceremony including all five schools/colleges:

 Click on the links below to view the main ceremony and each School/College Ceremony:

School of Education: This video highlights our School of Education graduates. Hear the commencement address from the interim Dean Thomas Cornell and see the names of our education graduates scroll across the screen.

George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology: This video highlights the George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology graduates. Hear the commencement address from Dean Simone Cummings and see the names of our graduates scroll across the screen.

College of Arts & Sciences: This video highlights the College of Arts and Sciences graduates. Hear the commencement address from Dean Anton (Tony) Wallner and see the names of our graduates scroll across the screen.

School of Communications: This video highlights our School of Communications graduates. Hear the commencement address from the School of Communications Dean Eric Rothenbuhler and see the names of our communications graduates scroll across the screen.

Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts: This video highlights the Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts graduates. Hear the commencement address from Dean Paul Steger and see the names of our graduates scroll across the screen. 

 

20 Words for 2020

Members of the Webster University community share their words of hope and inspiration for the class of 2020.