In the wake of COVID-19, the McKay School’s graduation committee prepares a convocation “like none before.”

In light of recent events and the ongoing world pandemic, BYU’s David O. McKay School of Education has decided to have graduates toss their caps virtually this year.

This decision comes after much debate on the part of the graduation committee, and in the hope that graduates—and family members of all ages—will stay safe and healthy during this commencement season.

MSE staff has committed to making graduation “meaningful and memorable in spite of the circumstances.” The traditional convocation will be replaced with a creative celebration on the McKay School website featuring a series of videos, plus a gift to be mailed to each graduate. The web page will include a greeting and congratulations from Dean Mary Anne Prater, two student speakers, a farewell video from McKay School faculty and staff, videos from students, and a reading of the names with student photos. The mailed gift will be accompanied by each student’s diploma cover and a graduation program.

The student speakers will be Katelyn Caine, who has earned a bachelor of science in elementary education, and Blaine Edman, who has earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership.

This unprecedented virtual graduation provides an opportunity to reflect on what graduation truly means. When the air horns and large celebrations are taken away, what is left? A sense of accomplishment. Knowledge gained and memories made. A piece of paper signifying completion, but more importantly, a wealth of experiences on which students can draw as they “go forth to serve” in their future professions.

Writer: Jenny Mehner
Contact: Cynthia Glad 801-422-1922