California Baptist University will celebrate its 2020 graduates (spring, summer and fall) during a virtual commencement Dec. 12

The coronavirus pandemic forced CBU to postpone multiple spring and summer commencements earlier this year in hopes of hosting an in-person ceremony. Due to the continuing spread of the COVID-19 virus, however, state and local guidelines still do not permit large-scale gatherings.  

 In keeping with our commitment to honor and celebrate our graduates in the best and safest way possible, CBU will hold a virtual ceremony on Dec. 12 for the Fall Commencement,” said Kent Dacus, vice president for enrollment and student services. 

Dacus said the event will honor graduates from spring, summer and fall. He said the commencement ceremony will include ringing of the bell, a president’s welcome, conferral of degrees by Dr. Ronald L. Ellis, CBU President, turning of the tassel and the graduates’ names presented on a Jumbotron. 

Dacus acknowledged the extraordinary format for this year’s commencement is disappointing.  

Though the format may be different, our enthusiasm for celebration is the same,” he said. “Our hope is to share how thankful and excited we are for our graduating students and the lives they will go on to lead.” 

Dacus said planning for the event is underway. Please check for details about the virtual commencement ceremony.


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