Aurora University

Graduates Recognized With Virtual Commencement

More than 1,500 Aurora University graduates were honored this summer in the university’s first virtual commencement experience. The COVID-19 pandemic called for an alternative to in-person ceremonies in order to comply with public health guidance prohibiting large gatherings. Three virtual ceremonies — undergraduate, graduate, and George Williams College of Aurora University — were broadcast online in July and August.

Much of the pomp and circumstance remained the same as in traditional commencement ceremonies, including remarks by President Rebecca L. Sherrick and Board of Trustees Chair Hilary Brennan ’83, conferral of degrees by Vice President for Academic Affairs Frank Buscher, and performances by the AU Chorale. Instead of walking across the stage, graduates appeared on screen in a personalized slide highlighting their name, degree, photo, and honors distinction.

Prior to the ceremonies, AU sent graduates their regalia along with a special “Celebration Box” containing their diploma, commencement program, and several AU mementos, including a university medallion — allowing graduates to celebrate the day at home with family and friends.

The ceremonies are available for replay through links at aurora.edu/commencement.