Baccalaureate and Commencement

August 25, 2020

Greetings to the Class of 2020,

I am pleased to update you regarding the details of your upcoming commencement ceremony.

Although Homecoming and Alumni Weekend activities have largely been converted to virtual events, we have worked diligently to preserve the in-person commencement ceremony originally scheduled for last May.  Subject to the state restrictions on crowd size being lifted, the ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Sunday, October 11, in Stewart “Red” Faught Stadium.  We have adequate space in the stadium to allow each graduate four guests while maintaining appropriate physical distancing protocols.

If we experience inclement weather on the day of the ceremony and have to relocate to Spurlock Gymnasium, the same space unfortunately does not exist.  In that event, there would be no guests allowed.  Regardless of the venue, the event will be live-streamed on our website,  We will communicate exact plans in the very early morning hours of October 11th, so everyone can plan accordingly.  We are determined to deliver for you the very special commencement your class has earned.

As a reminder, students’ cap and gown orders through Jostens have been rescheduled for an October delivery date at no additional charge.  For specific questions or concerns, please contact Matt Neau, or Jan Schantz,

Please continue to monitor your email for more information regarding guest tickets and other logistical details. 

This has been a challenging year for the Class of 2020, but you have persisted and succeeded through it all and we are so proud of you.  If your strength and resilience are an indication of what you will accomplish as Franklin College graduates, you will indeed do amazing things. 


Best wishes,

Kerry Prather