Class of 2021 Celebration

A Letter to Our Graduates

A graphic with head shots of Dr. Jared Aldstadt, Dr. Marion Werner, and Dr. Scott Mackay.

Dear Geography Class of 2021:

Congratulations on the completion of your degree!

It is hard to believe it has been over 14 months since the Covid-19 pandemic disrupted normal life, forced everyone online, and introduced us to social distancing. You adapted to the online learning platforms and new routine of spending countless hours staring at tiny video feeds of your instructors and classmates. But you persevered, met the new challenges head-on, and completed your degree. You should be proud of your accomplishments.

While there is growing optimism for life returning to normal soon, unfortunately we will not be able to celebrate your achievements in person. Please accept our warmest wishes and heartiest congratulations on the completion of your degree. You have worked hard to earn it!

We wish you all the best in your future opportunities. The world remains full of uncertainty, challenges, and long-standing injustices. Whether you have become an expert in International Trade, Geographic Information Science, Earth Systems Science, or Urban and Regional Analysis, you have much to offer the world. We hope the knowledge and training that you have acquired with your degree from the Department of Geography will help you to understand and navigate the road ahead.

Finally, please stay in touch with the Department, Faculty and Staff. We very much appreciate hearing from our graduates, learning about your experiences and victories, and receiving updates on major life events.


Dr. Scott Mackay, Department Chair

Dr. Jared Aldstadt, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Marion Werner, Director of Graduate Studies

College of Arts and Sciences Commencement Ceremonies

Friday, May 19
1:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 21
Arts, Natural Sciences, Math and Interdisciplinary Programs: 9:30 a.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences: 3:00 p.m.

Ceremony Details

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College of Arts and Sciences Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15 1 p.m. 

This virtual ceremony is for graduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Saturday, May 16 3 p.m.

This virtual ceremony is for undergraduate students from all departments within the College of Arts and Sciences.