2020 Marian University News

Marian University to award record 1061 degrees during virtual commencement ceremonies

by News Release | Apr 30, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Marian University will award a record 1061 degrees during its virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 2. University officials chose to hold its two commencement ceremonies virtually this year – one for undergraduate students, and a second for graduate students and its College of Osteopathic Medicine – in response to the COVID-19 health crisis.

“While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to come together on campus, we did not want to miss the opportunity to mark this accomplishment and celebrate our graduates,” Marian University President Daniel J. Elsener said. “And we are exploring additional ways to celebrate our 2020 graduates in person, when we can gather safely on campus this fall.”

The virtual ceremonies will include all the pomp and circumstance of a live commencement, including student speakers, commencement speakers, and the reading of graduates’ names. While most of the ceremonies were recorded on campus in the Marian University Theatre, a small portion was recorded remotely using video conferencing technology, including an invocation from Archbishop Charles C. Thompson from the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.

A record 716 undergraduate students will receive bachelor or associate degrees at the university’s 83rd Commencement Ceremony; 180 graduates will receive master’s degrees and 13 students will receive doctorate degrees from the university’s Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) program. An additional 152 future doctors will graduate from the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Honorary doctorate degrees will be presented to Joseph L. Smith, Sr., Michael R. Holper, D. Anthony Watt, Carole Kunkel Watt, Dennis M. Murphy, Leonard J. Betley, Kathryn Betley, Judith Castaldi, and David Castaldi. Smith is the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony and Holper is the commencement speaker for the graduate ceremony.

The undergraduate ceremony will stream at noon; the ceremony for graduate and medical students will stream at 3 p.m. A Commencement Mass will stream at 11 a.m. All streams are accessible to the public at marian.edu/livestream.


About Marian University Indianapolis

Founded in 1937, Marian University is the only Catholic university in Indianapolis and central Indiana. In 2020, Marian is serving more than 2,400 undergraduate and 1,160 graduate students earning degrees in the arts, business, education, engineering, math, medicine, nursing, ministry, and the natural and physical sciences. The university's high-impact, experiential curriculum is designed to provide hands-on, collaborative learning opportunities for students from 40 states and 23 nations. Marian climbed in U.S. News & World Report's 2020 Midwestern rankings to be named #6 Most Innovative Regional University, #15 Best Value University, and #30 Best Regional University. Marian University opened its College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013, making it the first new school of medicine in the state of Indiana in 110 years. Marian's national champion varsity athletic programs include the 2012 and 2015 NAIA Football Championship, the 2016 and 2017 NAIA Women's Basketball Championship, the 2019 NAIA Women's Volleyball Championship, and more than 40 USA Cycling national championships.

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