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While commencement in 2020 might look different than it has in the past, the traditions and values behind this event have remained the same. For the Fall 2020 commencement, we celebrated our graduating business students in new and meaningful ways.
Graduating students walked around the iconic CSU Oval to recognize their accomplishments while still following social distancing guidelines. Students received their diploma covers and photographers captured their image amongst the historic elm trees. In a year of uncertainty, CSU found new ways to offer graduates a memorable commencement experience while still prioritizing public health requirements. In November, the University invited all 2020 graduates to a Ceremonial Walk Across the Oval.
The roots of this walk are as deep as those of the elms that ring the Oval. A walk across the Oval was once a traditional part of commencement. These walks were a part of commencement from the early days of the University and lasted until the 1950s. This year’s Ceremonial Walk encouraged students to reflect on the challenges that they had overcome in 2020 while offering the opportunity to celebrate the next step in their journey.
Commencement may have looked different than many expected, but that doesn’t mean it was any less of a milestone for our graduates. In addition to the Ceremonial Walk Across the Oval, students were also honored through virtual celebrations. These events took place during the last week of the semester and included digital party packs, social media campaigns and other safer-at-home celebrations.
The College of Business and the University released a series of video messages to the graduates, highlighting their achievements. Alongside the video messages, students were treated to a special virtual yearbook, created just for the Class of 2020. The Fall 2020 Commencement Program can be found here.
College of Business students know that through commitment, compassion and community, they can use business to create a better world. The Outstanding Graduates for Fall 2020 made the most of every opportunity presented to them and even made a few of their own.
Now that I’m graduating in December, I’m so glad that I took all those risks and kind of joined everything like the past few years. It has been kind of nonstop, but it just exposed me to so much.
Outstanding Grad: Nicole Mastin, Department of Management
Business can be and should be for good ... the Impact MBA program made me realize that we can shape our planet, our society, down to the very person.
Outstanding Grad: Audrey Snyder, College of Business