On April 30, 587 students graduated from the University of Redlands College of Arts and Sciences during a virtual Commencement ceremony.
Following a year of online courses and events, the ceremony was held virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and compliance with State and County public health regulations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Leading up to the University’s virtual Commencement Weekend, students participated in a variety of virtual and in-person events. Undergraduate and graduate students who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community were honored during an online Lavender Recognition Ceremony. Students of color celebrated their accomplishments during the Students of Color Recognition ceremony, which was streamed on Facebook Live. Those who were the first in their families to graduate from college acknowledged their achievements during the First-Generation Graduation Reception.
Baccalaureate, a multifaith worship service, honored the graduating classes from all three Schools and their families. The Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Celebration congratulated students involved in the program for their cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural academic achievements and ambitions.
After an uncommon school year with many pandemic-related challenges, the School of Education held its 2021 Commencement on April 29 in celebration of 595 graduating students.
Naslund Endowed Dean Mario Martinez offered opening remarks in the ceremony, which was held virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and compliance with State and County public health regulations.
“Your choice to study with us and embark on your next chapter means we rely on you to actualize the principles of social justice we hold dear, which speak to equity and democracy, diversity, and being part of systemic change,” he said.
On May 1, the University of Redlands School of Business congratulated 983 graduates—542 from the Class of 2020 and 441 from the Class of 2021—during the final virtual ceremony of Commencement Weekend.
Both classes were celebrated together due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which resulted in the cancellation of last year’s ceremony. Senecal Endowed Dean Thomas Horan delivered remarks at the beginning of the event, which was held virtually to ensure the health and safety of participants and compliance with State and County public health regulations.
After thanking students for their hard work, both academically and professionally, during an unusual year, Horan offered words of optimism. “We, as a school,” he said, “have infinite hope in you and the positive impact you will make as you take your education to advance as a person, in your career, and as a responsible citizen of our world.