March 26, 2020
To all ABC Community,
Re: 2020 Graduation,
After much prayer and consideration of the options, ABC’s President’s Cabinet has decided to postpone the 2020 graduation ceremony and celebrations until April 2021. We believe this to be the most responsible option, in light of the uncertainties regarding timelines for the Covid-19 pandemic. We sincerely hope that you and your families will be able to attend graduation at that time. We are proud of your academic accomplishments, and regret that concern for one another’s safety must take priority over our desire to celebrate in person with you this April. If you are not able to be present in person in April 2021, we will make every effort to ensure that you will be able to attend virtually.
We understand that you will receive this news as one of a growing list of losses that we are all experiencing at this time. All of ABC’s staff are available via phone, email or virtual meeting to speak with you about this decision, if you want to process this with anyone on staff.
Our decision reflects our desire to provide you the opportunity the safe opportunity to hear your name called at a formal graduation ceremony and to walk across the stage to receive your certificate, diploma, or degree, in the presence of your family, friends, fellow students, and with the faculty and staff of ABC. We are proud of what each of you has accomplished.
We will be offering the opportunity to join together, via Zoom, for graduate chapel, awards announcements, and graduation reflection on the following dates:
- April 15, for College program students
- May 12, for PACE program students
Further information on these virtual celebrations will be forthcoming from Cory Pytlarz, Student Development Dean.
In the coming months, we will evaluate your progress toward completion of your certificates, diplomas, or degrees. Once our academic audits indicate that you have completed all your program requirements and obligations are fulfilled, we will send your parchments and release your official transcripts, which will indicate the date that your certificate, diploma, or degree was granted.
May God grant each of us courage, wisdom, and strength during these times. Take care of your loved ones, serve your neighbors, trust our God.
In His love,
Stan Helton, President David Ford, Academic Dean