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Randolph holding special Commencement ceremonies on May 23 and 30

Randolph College will hold special in-person Commencement ceremonies for the Classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 23 and 30, respectively. Both events will follow state COVID-19 guidelines.

The ceremonies will also be streamed live online at, with updates posted throughout both weekends on College social media accounts with #RandolphGrads.

Class of 2021

Commencement for the Class of 2021 is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 23, in WildCat Stadium on Randolph’s campus.

Eugenia Livings Welburn ’95 will serve as Commencement speaker. A member of the College’s Board of Trustees, she worked for many years in enrollment for both her alma mater and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a focus on diversity and special programs designed for African American and Latino students. She currently serves as an owner of E.C.C. Enterprises Holding Company, a McDonald’s franchisee, in northern Virginia.

In addition to Sunday’s Commencement, a series of events will be held on Saturday, May 22, including the conferring of master’s degrees.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Awards Ceremony is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the Student Center’s Klein Board Room, and the Master of Arts in Coaching and Sport Leadership Ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room.

New Phi Beta Kappa inductees will be recognized during an initiation ceremony at 1:30 p.m. in the Alice Ashley Jack Room in Smith Memorial Building.

Class of 2020

The Class of 2020 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday, May 30, also in WildCat Stadium, with the Phi Beta Kappa Initiation Ceremony set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 29, in Smith Memorial Building’s Alice Ashley Jack Room.

Karen E. Campbell ’77 will serve as Commencement speaker.

Campbell, who earned a B.A. in sociology and anthropology, with a minor in biology, at the College, served as a professor of sociology at Vanderbilt University from 1985 until her retirement in 2016. She taught Introductory Sociology, as well as courses about women and work, women and public policy, research methods, and social stratification; she also taught the graduate teaching workshop, helping sociology graduate students prepare to teach.

More information about both ceremonies, including inclement weather plans, can be found at

To read more about the Commencement speakers, visit

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