Commencement set for Saturday at QU; number of undergraduates dips for sixth straight year

Francis Hall on the Quincy University campus

Francis Hall on the Quincy University campus

QUINCY, Ill. – Quincy University will host its 158th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, at Pepsi Arena (was QU Stadium).

UPDATE!

Quincy University Commencement ceremony moves to Pepsi Arena.  

WHERE:  Quincy University Pepsi Arena, Health and Fitness Center

WHEN:  Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

Quincy University will host its 158th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021, in Pepsi Arena at two different times, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Graduates had the choice to participate in ceremonies at 10:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. so participant and audience sizes could be restricted while following guidelines from the CDC and the Adams County Health Department. Masks are required for audience members, and social distancing will be practiced.

This year’s graduating class consists of 203 undergraduates, with an additional 27 graduate degree recipients. It is the sixth consecutive year that the number of undergraduates receiving degrees has declined at QU.

YearUndergraduates
2021203
2020209
2019210
2018223
2017243
2016223
2015295
2014225
2013225
2012239
2011251
2010205
2009208
2008218
2007231
2006208
2005228
2004231
2003255

President Brian McGee will convene the ceremony and deliver this year’s commencement address. McGee has served as QU’s president since July 2019. He previously was the provost and executive vice president for several years at the College of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. He has more than 25 years of experience as a university administrator and professor, with stints at Spalding (Ky.) University, the University of Louisiana-Monroe and Texas Tech University. 

The procession will be led by university marshal Rev. John Doctor, OFM, and assistant marshals David Kirchhofer, professor of physics, and Scott Luaders, professor of chemistry. Rev. William Spencer, OFM, director of campus ministry, will deliver the invocation, and Doctor will deliver the benediction. 

Senior choir members Makayla Briggs, Courtney Crane, Joshua Crowl, Samuel Dus, Veronica Holtschlag, Nicole Maag, Brendan Nelson, Troy Potts, Rachel Reinbeck, David Webb and Jeffery Zellerman will perform the National Anthem and the Quincy University Alma Mater. 

The ceremonies will be live-streamed at https://www.glvcsn.com/quincy.

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