The Commencement Ceremony is a highly anticipated milestone, a tradition that formally marks the end of years of study. Because this rite of passage holds such an important place in higher education, the decision to cancel is rare and difficult, and last year Baker administrators faced this unusual decision not once, but twice. A snowstorm hit Baldwin City the morning of the December ceremony, making travel hazardous. Then last spring, Baker joined countless other universities in changing their plans for the May ceremonies.
In the wake of these cancelations, Baker held a virtual ceremony on May 24 to recognize the academic achievements of the December 2019 and May 2020 graduates. Before the event, graduates were mailed a gift, including a card that played the Baker bagpipes when opened. University President Lynne Murray’s remarks can be viewed here.
Although a cap and gown, hood, and processional led by our beloved bagpipes does not make someone a Baker Wildcat, it’s an important tradition and opportunity to publicly celebrate hard-won accomplishments. For this reason, these two classes plus December 2020 graduates have been invited to one of several outdoor ceremonies planned for Liston Stadium in May 2021.
“These classes who have been through so much, hold a unique place in the history of Baker University. I often think of the challenges they overcame, which makes it especially gratifying when I hear of their accomplishments since completing their degrees. The grace and patience they have shown as plans changed and changed again are commendable, and I look forward to providing the celebration they deserve.”Dr. Lynne Murray, Baker University President