Chester, Pa. – Widener University is excited to announce the launch of the 2020 Commencement Hub on the university’s website. The digital hub at Widener.edu/celebrate2020 was created to celebrate the milestone accomplishments of the 2020 graduates from a safe distance now, as the university looks ahead to a re-scheduled commencement ceremony at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in May 2021.
“We went to work building the hub immediately after it was announced that commencement would be postponed to ensure the safety of our graduates and their families and guests. We wanted to create an experience to celebrate our graduates now, as they are earning their degrees. We know it cannot and will not take the place of a ceremony this spring, but we hope the rich content will make them smile, recall a happy memory from their time at Widener, and connect with classmates” said Katie Herschede, vice president for Strategic Initiatives and univeristy Chief of Staff. “We are incredibly proud of all our graduates, and encourage them, their families and friends to visit the hub and enjoy it.”
The hub is a one-stop-shop that includes stories, photos, videos, a toolkit to help graduates celebrate from home, and a section on social media where visitors are encouraged to share messages that builds on the university’s social media commencement campaigns #Widener2020 and #WUGRADitude.
Visitors can engage with the hub throughout the week leading up to the original commencement date of Saturday, May 16. A second wave of content will launch on the hub on May 16, in honor of the original commencement date. This will include a virtual Celebration of Graduates, featuring personalized keepsake slides of the individual graduates, a digital program, and inspiring messages from classmates and university leaders.
This year, Widener will confer approximately 1,100 undergraduate and graduate degrees. The graduates hailed from 33 states, from Pennsylvania to Hawaii, and 6 different countries, including Iceland, Saudi Arabia, and Morocco. The youngest graduate was 20 years old, while the oldest was 67.