Baccalaureate & Commencement

Baccalaureate & Commencement

Rewind just a few weeks prior to July 9, 2020, and the chances for the Class of 2020 to be honored with a live on-campus ceremony were slim to none.  Enter the resiliency of the Hermit Brotherhood and their families along with a faculty, staff, and administration focused on living the mission and properly honoring the four-year careers of 132 dedicated Hermits.  What was once thought to be an impossible task suddenly turned to reality as the Class of 2020 gathered as a group for one final time as students on the campus of St. Augustine Prep.

Through meticulous coordination, the school community was able to orchestrate a commencement ceremony that met CDC and state-mandated requirements regarding safety and health measures.  Part of the accommodations included an unprecedented and heartwarming move that positioned the graduates to be seated in “pods” with their family members.  Each pod was strategically positioned 6-feet from that of their classmates which kept the graduates together but at a safe distance.  Additional precautionary measures included the requirement of face coverings and strict observance of social distancing.

Joined by the Golden Hermits of the Class of 1970 (click here for their story), the newest members of the Alumni Brotherhood received their diploma and shared the spotlight with their family members right by their side.

Included below is a special, full-length film of the entire ceremony along with links to the 2020 Commencement Program and photos from the day.

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement Program Booklet & Photos

NOTE: Please enjoy the Official 2020 Baccalaureate and Commencement Program below.

To view the program in full-screen mode, click the square in the middle of the document to expand the document.  After entering full-screen mode, you may download the booklet by clicking the arrow icon on the top-left of your screen.

Click the image below to view photos from this year’s Commencement Ceremony

Photos from the Baccalaureate Mass will be added.

Class of 2020 - Commencement Ceremony