Chancellor's Reflection: A Time of Celebration | Webster University

Chancellor's Reflection: A Time of Celebration

May 12, 2020

The 101st Webster University commencement ceremony held virtually on May 9 was a true celebration. There were many proud moments for students, their families and the entire Webster community. It is always a happy moment to welcome 4,714 graduates as Webster alumni. Welcome and congratulations to the Class of 2020!

Over 2,300 devices connected to the virtual ceremony during its inaugural broadcast. We celebrated together live and on Facebook live. We invite you to enjoy these happy moments by watching the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, now available for replaying online.

In case you missed the 20 Messages for the Class of 2020, you will enjoy this short but inspirational video created by the Student Government Association.

Alex Rudd, a student in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts, and Ryan Bommarito, a student in the School of Communications, created a wonderful music video to the song “Singing in the Rain.” This theme exemplifies the spirit of our Webster community as we found warm and creative ways to make the best of a challenging situation and lift everyone up in the process. I think you will enjoy watching their video collaboration, “Singing in the Rain.”

Many Webster campuses, departments, and organizations reached out to the graduating students in their own special ways to shine a light on their accomplishments. Webster’s campus in Geneva produced a video with magical results, called “Geneva Celebrating the Class of 2020.”

We look forward to sharing more of these virtual greetings with you in upcoming Reflections and applaud our community’s celebratory spirit.

We also celebrated a successful week of fundraising for the three special emergency funds set up to assist students, staff and other urgent needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. We raised nearly $13,000 for Give STL Day on Thursday. This is significantly more than the previous year, and we achieved a 46 percent increase in the number of donors over the previous year. These gifts, added to the donations made directly to the funds, total almost $33,500. We are grateful to our donors’ generosity. The funds are linked below, and I invite your participation.

At Webster, we have much to celebrate. Wishing you the Gorlok spirit now, and always!

Elizabeth (Beth) J. Stroble, PhD 

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