Commencement 2020

Commencement 2020

Written by Allie Rivers ’22

Presbyterian College has conducted 138 Commencement ceremonies, although things were a little different this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Commencement Ceremony is usually held in May, but in September of this year, PC  worked effortlessly to comply with all state-mandated COVID-19 regulations to give the graduates of 2020 the ceremony they deserved.

Although their year was inevitably cut short, the gratitude among the graduates was obvious. It was inspirational to see them beaming with excitement being back at their home away from home.

“Driving up to campus, past the front lawn, you feel that warmth that you only feel at home,” said Avery Conrad, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Avery has worked for United States Congressman James Clyburn in the Leadership Majority Whip Office as a staff assistant since graduating in May and is just one among many students who have followed their passions since.

Morgan Giles, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology, is working at a COVID-19 laboratory that is working to create a cure for the pandemic. The graduates of 2020 felt challenged by PC to create the best version of themselves and aspire to be successful.

Jerius Duncan, a political science major and theater minor, has lived in New Orleans recording music the last four months. Jerius was one among many students who shared with me a valuable lesson that Presbyterian College has taught him. He said the most valuable lesson that he learned throughout his four years was “to be myself.” Getting out of my comfort zone and being somebody whose different and isn’t ashamed of it.”

From working in a Congressional office to furthering their passions, whether it be in industries like music or science, the graduating class of 2020 continues on through life with our College close to their hearts.