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Virtual Commencement to be held May 9

May 05, 2020

Earlham College will celebrate the Class of 2020 with a virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, as a result of the closure of campus due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated travel restrictions. There will be no event on campus.

The virtual event will be accessible at and will follow the College’s traditional timeline for commencement exercises: A baccalaureate video will be shared at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern), and a graduation ceremony video will start at 2:30 p.m. (Eastern).

During the graduation ceremony, each graduate’s name and degree will be announced. Graduates from the undergraduate college, the School of Religion and the Graduate Programs in Education will be recognized.

A link to the Commencement program will be available on the commencement website the morning of May 9.  Printed programs will be mailed later with diplomas and t-shirts for the graduates.

Earlham is committed to inviting the Classes of 2020 back to campus for celebrations at a later date when operations return to normal.

Members of the senior baccalaureate class at Earlham held an impromptu mini-Commencement on Friday, March 13, before heading to their homes around the globe. The event was entirely organized by students, with support from faculty and staff.

In following federal and state action to stop the spread of COVID-19, the College has canceled face-to-face classes and college-sponsored events and travel for the remainder of the spring semester and continuing through summer.

All employees have been required to work from home with the exception of designated, “essential personnel” responsible for maintaining campus operations, ensuring business continuity, and supporting students who have been unable to return home. A re-opening plan will be announced in June.

For more information on the College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit The College has also created an online forum for students, employees and alumni to share news, information and virtual educational opportunities at

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a College That Changes Lives. We aspire to provide the highest quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences. We expect our students to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success.

Princeton Review ranks Earlham in the Top 20 nationally for Best Classroom Experience, and U.S. News & World Report recognizes the College as one of 55 institutions taking pioneering approaches to serving students, and ranks EC 7th for the percentage of international students on campus, 25th for “Best Undergraduate Teaching” and 34th for “Best Value.”

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at 765-983-1256 and


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