Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Redlands will not be celebrating the 2020 Commencement ceremony we all envisioned. However, we still want to recognize our graduating seniors and their important journeys.
We invite our Spring graduates and their loved ones to return to campus during Homecoming weekend in October 2020. The University plans to hold a special event on Friday, October 30, that will allow 2020 graduates to celebrate their hard work, perseverance, and success. This event will not mirror exactly what would have happened on April 17 but will recognize the graduates’ accomplishments in a joyful and public way.
The Senior Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding students in their areas of specialty. Join our faculty and other mentors in acknowledging the achievements of individual graduates, from scholar-athletes to student leaders, all of whom have made a positive impact on our University community.
Maxine Mchunguzi ’20 came to the University of Redlands from Johannesburg, South Africa. She chose to go to college in the United States because of her desire to become an independent global citizen, exposed to the world and different cultures. Being at Redlands, she says, has broadened her knowledge and skill set. A Johnston Center for Integrative Studies student with an emphasis on media, marketing, and communications, Mchunguzi also worked as a community assistant in North Hall. “My interactions with other students have allowed me to dive into my passion for social justice,” she says. “Attending diversity events on campus and engaging in activism allows me to do more than just tweet about issues.” A member of Alpha Xi Omicron and the Black Student Union, she served as the Proudian Interdisciplinary Honors Program assistant and was chosen as the College of Arts and Sciences student speaker for 2020.
See also the "Messages of hope and inspiration from recent College of Arts and Sciences Commencement speakers" video, featuring student speakers Margaret “Maggie” Roupp ’16, Emma Wade ’17, Amma Adoma-Fordjour ’18, Brenna Phillips ’19, and Maxine Mchunguzi ‘20.
Despite the postponement of official ceremonies, athletic teams, Greek organizations, and clubs arranged special recognitions for seniors before leaving campus, with appropriate social distancing.
Share photos, messages of congratulations, and memories of your time at Redlands! Your posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with the hashtag #CongratsURclassof2020 will appear here.