Forever St. Catherine: Academic Year-End Celebration

University Community Marks a Memorable Year as Spring Semester Ends

The conclusion of an academic year is usually a time to reflect on accomplishments, growth, opportunities, and challenges. While this last day of the spring 2020 semester is no different in that regard, the students of St. Catherine University — along with students across the nation — are ending this school year in a way few could have imagined when the campus community gathered for opening convocation 9 months ago.

“For all of us, it has been a year of transition as we moved into a new decade, and unbeknownst to us, an incredible moment in our nation’s history that will mark this time in our memories forever,” said Becky Roloff '76, president, St. Catherine University. “Those memories will include how we celebrated this year together.”

The spring commencement ceremony, which would have happened this weekend at St. Catherine University, has been postponed until it is deemed safe to celebrate graduating students in person, surrounded by faculty, staff, friends, and family who have supported each of them on their journeys. 

A celebration continues, though, virtually: in appreciation of the achievements of both graduates and students, as well as the faculty and staff who have supported them, a special video message was shared with the entire community.

“Our students have all achieved so much, despite the interruption, challenges, and difficulties that arose in just a few weeks’ time,” said Anita Thomas, PhD, executive vice president and provost, St. Catherine University. “The strength and spirit of our Katie community is part of what brought them here, and what makes St. Kate’s so unique. Our community is even stronger today, thanks to them!”