Although the coronavirus pandemic delayed its traditional ceremony, Augustana College will celebrate its Class of 2020 virtually in May and in person in October.
The college will host a short online ceremony at 2 p.m. May 23, the date and time originally scheduled for graduation.
On Oct. 11, the college will hold a traditional commencement at 2 p.m. at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline. Baccalaureate will take place at 10 a.m. that day in Centennial Hall.
Augustana's 160th Commencement Convocation on Oct. 11 will be live-streamed and recorded for those who cannot attend.
Dr. Millicent Knight '82 will speak at the virtual graduation May 23. She is a member of the Augustana Board of Trustees and a vice president of the eye care company Essilor of America in Dallas.
The Rev. Richard Priggie '74, college chaplain, will speak at the baccalaureate service in October. Retiring this year, he was named chaplain in 1999 after 18 years of parish ministry in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Illinois.
Caps and gowns
Augustana is working with graduation attire vendor Herff-Jones to get caps and gowns in time for graduates to have them for spring photos and summer parties.
The deadline to order has been moved back to May 1. Herff-Jones will close to orders on May 1.
Order your cap and gown from Herff Jones by completing the online form. There is no charge as long as you order by May 1, 2020. After that date, additional fees may apply.
As soon as caps and gowns are delivered to the college, graduates will be notified. Graduates may come to the bookstore during normal business hours to pick up their attire.
Graduates also may choose to pay the necessary postage (estimated at $8) to have their caps and gowns mailed to their homes. Mailing requests will be handled through the Augustana Bookstore website. Requests to mail items home must be received by June 10.
Any cap and gown set not picked up or mailed to a graduate's home will be held at the college and can be picked up in the bookstore during Homecoming week or immediately before the commencement ceremony in October.
A delivery date cannot be guaranteed because the gowns are custom-made for Augustana graduates.
Since gowns are custom made for individual students, the bookstore will not have extra gowns available at commencement. The store also will not be able to replace any damaged, lost or forgotten gowns.
Replacement caps and tassels will available for purchase in the bookstore the week before commencement.
If you have questions or are unsure whether or not you ordered your cap and gown, contact either Rita Gustafson or Wendy Wood. If you no longer want a cap and gown, please notify them so they may cancel your order.
If you do not plan to attend commencement on Oct. 11, 2020, but would like to have your cap and gown, the college will provide details for pickup or shipment at a later date.