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Message from Dean Randolph to Students - 2020 Convocation Update

Dear Weinberg College students,

I hope this email finds you safe and well. I am writing to follow up on President Schapiro’s email this morning regarding the shift to a virtual Commencement ceremony for Northwestern graduates. We will also be unable to hold the Weinberg College Convocation as planned. Our Convocation is a joyous event that brings students, friends, families, our faculty, and staff together. I am very disappointed that I will not have the opportunity to greet graduates onstage this year. 

While we cannot replicate an in-person Convocation, I will be working closely with senior leaders, the Commencement office and my own faculty and staff to create opportunities for us to celebrate the accomplishments of students, their mentors, and their supporters virtually. We will be in touch about these plans as our planning progresses. Moreover, we will continue to look into the possibility of holding an in-person ceremony in the future that would permit us to celebrate together in Evanston, as we would have liked to do this June.

Please visit the University Commencement site and the Weinberg College Convocation page for the most up-to-date details and developments related to celebrations for the class of 2020. 

Thank you for your continued understanding as we all work together to hold true to our community’s values and traditions. It is my hope that when we reflect on these times, the class of 2020 will be remembered as especially indomitable, in the face of this unprecedented crisis.

I wish you continued good health and success as we move towards the completion of your Northwestern education.

Adrian Randolph 
Dean of Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
Henry Wade Rogers Professor of the Humanities
Northwestern University

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