Hastings College’s 134th Commencement set for Saturday, May 16

The 134th Hastings College Commencement is this Saturday, May 16, at 10:00 a.m.

The ceremony is being streamed simultaneously on the College’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. A Commencement program will be available to download at hastings.edu/graduation.

During the ceremony, the College will award undergraduate degrees to 194 students and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees to 12 students.

While commencement is not in person this year, certain elements of an in-person commencement will continue. For example, all students will have their name read and be recognized, with many students submitting photos for the occasion. Students graduating with honors will also be recognized.

The Student Speaker, who is selected by a vote of the graduating class, is graduating senior Kaelan Dea, a marketing major from Greenwood, Nebraska, who has been a leader during his time on campus. He served as Student Association President during the current academic year, and has been a resident assistant and student engagement coach. A dean’s list student, Dea was a member of the Bronco football team and Homecoming candidate, and was involved with Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi and professional business leaders. Earlier this month he was named a recipient of the Bronco Award, Hastings College’s highest non-academic award for students making outstanding campus contributions.

Board Chairman Roger Doerr will preside over the ceremony.

Graduating seniors were sent a commencement box that included their cap and gown, a Hastings College pennant, confetti and other surprises. Diplomas will be mailed to students — although a drive-through diploma pick up is planned for Wednesday, May 20, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Circle Drive on campus for students who may like to come to campus. Some faculty and staff will be present for pickup, with proper social distancing, and students will stay in their vehicles.

Hastings College is Nebraska’s premier private college. A four-year residential college that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement, Hastings’ student-centered initiatives include providing books, an iPad Pro and a two-week study away experience at no additional cost. A block-style semester schedule allows professors and students to focus on fewer classes at a time and promotes hands-on experiences. Discover more at hastings.edu.

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