The President’s Cabinet has decided to postpone commencement until a date in August. We still have to determine that date. Once we do, we will let you know, though we will likely wait until May to see where the world has taken us by then.
Our decision is based on several factors. First, the currently scheduled date for Commencement falls within the window of the Governor’s Executive Order barring large gatherings, so at a foundational level we aren’t allowed to proceed with Commencement. Second, Commencement is a very large gathering with people from all over the world, many of whom are at high risk. Though we hope that May will see a turning of the corner in this pandemic, most models show that if that’s the case, it will still be early in that turn. Thus even if the Governor had not barred the event, postponing would still be the right thing to do. Third, we can’t move Commencement back later into May because, assuming the Governor’s stay-at-home order is allowed to expire in April, the Chapel will be under renovation (the first since original construction). While we are obviously disappointed in the delay, we can’t think of a better grand re-opening for the Chapel auditorium than to celebrate graduation.
These are remarkable times. We are learning new things and learning how to do old things in new ways. We are sacrificing much, but in everything one can find opportunity – for time with God, time with family, focus, rest, innovation, even the ability to show the world what Christian community looks like. Mourn the many losses this pandemic is causing, but don’t lose sight of the opportunities as well.
God has grown an amazing community in LCU; one that is not limited by geography. We consider it a privilege to be a part of it with you, and cannot wait to be together again.