IUK to applaud class of 2020 in virtual recognition ceremony

Indiana University Kokomo will applaud the achievements of the class of 2020 at a virtual recognition ceremony.

While commencement had been postponed to fall due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Chancellor Susan Sciame-Giesecke said the campus wanted to honor its 663 graduates near the time the ceremony would have been held.

“We are so proud of these students and everything they have accomplished during their time at IU Kokomo,” she said. “I commend them for their perseverance as they finished their degrees under circumstances none of us could have anticipated. We look forward to staying connected with them and hearing about their successes, whether they go to work immediately, become entrepreneurs, or continue on to graduate school. We hope to honor them with our traditional Commencement ceremony later this year, when it is safe to do so.”

The class of 2020 represents 41 Indiana counties, 12 states, and 16 countries. First-generation college students make up 34 percent of the class, and 35 are graduating with 4.0 grade point averages.

Seventy-three students are earning master’s degrees, 570 are earning their bachelor’s, and 11 are receiving associate’s degrees. Some students completed more than one degree.

The School of Nursing has the largest number of graduates, with 176 earning the bachelor of science in nursing. The second most frequent degree was awarded in the bachelor of general studies, with 61.

Each graduate will receive an email from University Events with a timeline and a link to the commencement website, which goes live May 5. There, graduates can search by name and find video remarks from IU President Michael A. McRobbie, Sciame-Giesecke, the deans of each IU Kokomo school, and Mattie Tom, student body president. Please go to iuk.edu for links to commencement pages.

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