June 22, 2020
VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Class of 2020 has
persevered through an unprecedented final semester and graduates are
being celebrated for their accomplishments with the University’s
first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony.
The graduates have succeeded and triumphed through the challenges
presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and the move to remote learning.
They will be saluted for their determination and grit as VU
commemorates more than 215 years of commencement ceremonies.
VU is honoring its 2020 graduating class during a virtual ceremony
that will premiere by June 26. VU will celebrate 1,803 candidates for
graduation representing 77 of Indiana’s 92 counties, 32 states, and
Dr. Laura Treanor, VU Provost and Vice President
“What a special class the class of 2020 is. They have reached an
important milestone during some very challenging times. They
persevered throughout their journey and along the way developed
important skills that will help them discover and navigate the awesome
opportunities that lie before them,” Provost and Vice President of
Instructional Services and Dean of Faculty Dr. Laura Treanor said.
“Congratulations to the class of 2020! You did it. Keep moving
forward, work hard, take risks, and blaze a trail.”
View the ceremony at www.vinu.edu/commencement or www.vincennespbs.org. It will remain online until
Andrew Cohen, VU Graduate
“I’m happy it’s happening,” Business Administration graduate Andrew
Cohen of Demotte, Indiana said. “I was really bummed I didn’t get to
walk the stage and I thought they were going to postpone it, but I’m
glad we have a replacement graduation. I’m going to watch with my
family and I’m going to send the link to some of my siblings that live
out of state.”
Graduates, their families, and the community cannot gather in person,
but it isn’t keeping them from gathering online and creating special moments.
The ceremony will include VU President Dr. Charles Johnson’s
commencement address. Treanor will preside over the commencement exercises.
A personalized graduation experience has been created by including a
slide recognizing each graduate who submitted a petition to graduate online.
VU Staff (l-r): Cindy Beaman, Haley Hartley, Andrea Tscherter
Celebration packages were mailed to graduates participating in the
ceremony to make the experience even more personal. The box contains
items to help them celebrate their accomplishment, including a special
program, tassel, VU alumni medallion, mortarboard, and other
“On behalf of the Faculty of VU, I want to extend a warm
congratulations to the class of 2020,” Treanor said. “VU is a very
special place with some amazing graduates. We look forward to this
class going out and representing us well as the proud Trailblazers
that they are!”
In addition to showcasing graduates during the ceremony, video
messages of congratulations from the deans of VU’s colleges will
appear on the University’s social media channels.
VU has also celebrated the Class of 2020 by donating 500 trees planted in their honor.
Members of the public are encouraged to continue extending well
wishes to the graduates.
Please share your congratulations and tell us how you are celebrating
this special milestone by using the hashtag #VUGrad2020 on social media.