This year’s TC graduates have many and varied accomplishments to be proud of, not the least of which is the completion of their academic and formational work via Zoom and other means (see some of the TC faculty in formation advisement meetings, below). Deacon Anthony Ferguson of the Diocese of Richmond commented, “It’s sad that my time at Theological College ended with the coronavirus crisis, but this became another opportunity to ‘become empty,’ and rely entirely on the Lord to provide everything I need as I begin my new ministry in the life of the Church.”
In lieu of gathering in person on May 16, 2020, University President John Garvey presided at a live-streamed graduation event beginning at 10 a.m. University officials and TC faculty acknowledged that a virtual ceremony alone could never fully meet their goals of celebrating the Class of 2020. Ahead of the general ceremony at 10 am and the degree conferral ceremonies of the individual schools which followed, the University mailed diplomas to each graduate and invited them back on August 7th, if it is safe to gather by that time, for in-person ceremonies on campus.
At the end of next month, watch for the Summer issue of The Crossroads for reflections from the six deacons and six Basselins as they move on to their new adventures in the company of Jesus!