Dear UVA Wise Class of 2020,

You and your classmates have handled many disappointments this year as the COVID-19 virus upended your final spring semester and robbed you of precious moments together at UVA Wise. Unfortunately, the global pandemic continues on.  Because gatherings across Virginia have resulted in a spike of positive cases throughout the Commonwealth, we must once again delay your Commencement ceremony that had been reset for October 4, 2020. It became increasingly difficult to find a way to aptly celebrate your graduation with your family and friends under stringent but necessary health and safety measures.

In hopes that the situation with the pandemic will improve by spring, we plan to hold Commencement for the Class of 2020 on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. in the David J. Prior Center. Our thought is that the May 9 Commencement will give your class the full ceremony you richly deserve after many hours, weeks and months of hard work as an undergraduate.

We hope you and your family can join us in Wise this spring as you walk across the stage and are cheered by your classmates, friends and family. We realize that you are likely involved with your new career, are in graduate study, or serving in the military after you earned your degree, but we hope you can carve out the time to participate in the ceremony.

It has been a difficult year in so many ways, and we hope the May 9 ceremony will bring great joy to you and your family. The Commencement Committee and other College officials will be in touch with you in the coming months with additional details for planning purposes.

Please stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you in Wise this spring.

Best regards,
Chancellor Henry


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