Class of 2020

School of Arts & Sciences
Jepson School of Leadership Studies
Robins School of Business

Dear Members of the Class of 2020,

In February, the University made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone our plans for your commencement ceremony due to continuing COVID-19 pandemic challenges. I understand this decision disappointed many 2020 graduates and families. Today, I am pleased to share an update with you about our efforts to commemorate your class.

In my last message to you, I announced our intention to form an advisory committee of 2020 alums to help guide the University's planning decisions regarding how best to celebrate your class. The committee, comprising fourteen 2020 alums, had its first meeting last week, and in collaboration with them, we will move quickly to establish a new date and framework for a Class of 2020 commencement celebration.

Our intention is to welcome you back in the fall to commemorate your graduation and reunite members of your class on our campus.

If you would like to contact the committee with your feedback or suggestions as these plans are developing, please email To ensure our updates reach you, please verify your contact information.

Graduation is an important marker in the life of every Spider. We look forward to celebrating your class, your accomplishments, and your special place in our University history and will be in touch again soon with more details.


Ronald A. Crutcher

Class of 2020 Advisory Committee

Alex Kohnert
Brandon Johnson
Dan Mahoney
Emily George
Jack Mullin
Jack Scheutzow
Jaide Hinds-Clarke
Lauren Weingarten
Lina Tori Jan
Meghan Quinn
Mike Laposata
Myrsini Georgila
Rachel Black
Sydney Weiskopf

Contact the Committee

Interested in sharing feedback as plans develop? Email us at

February 2021 Message

Dear members of the Class of 2020,

I write you to provide an important update about our plans for commemorating your graduation.

Last year, we made the difficult but necessary decision to postpone on-campus commencement events until May 2021 in order to safeguard the health of our community. We were grateful for your grace and understanding in the face of such disappointing news. As you know, the pandemic has only worsened since last spring, making it very challenging to plan for travel and hosting a large gathering safely. We have therefore determined that we cannot host a celebration for your class on campus this May.

It pains me to have to deliver this disappointing news, but please know our commencement planning team continues to work tirelessly to find the best path forward, including via focus group conversations with members of your class in recent weeks. Your peers indicated their desire for a sense closure to the Class of 2020's Richmond experience, as well as an opportunity to come "home" to campus and reconnect with friends, classmates, professors, and staff mentors.

I am pleased to share that an advisory group of Class of 2020 alumni will inform our decisions moving forward. I welcome your nomination of yourself or your peers to be part of the planning effort. We also ask that you complete this one-question survey to indicate your current disposition regarding the potential format of your class celebration.

The University remains steadfast in its commitment to honoring your class and commemorating your graduation. As I said to you last spring, the pandemic has stretched our web wider than perhaps ever before, but it will not break; it will expand. I thank you for your continued understanding during this difficult time, and I look forward to welcoming you back to Richmond just as soon as it is safe again to do so.

Until then, please take good care.


Ronald A. Crutcher