When The Master’s University closed its campus March 18 and moved all classes to a remote learning format for the rest of the semester, we still hoped for a reunion, and a well-deserved celebration of our seniors, at graduation on May 8. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 crisis has worsened the past two weeks. The President of The United States has extended federal guidelines on social distancing to April 30. At the same time, the governor of California has ordered all residents to shelter-in-place until at least April 19. And the situation continues to change rapidly. We cannot be sure the virus will stop spreading by the end of April, or that our governing authorities will, come May 8, permit large gatherings like a commencement exercise. For those reasons, it is no longer prudent or safe for the TMU family to gather May 8, so we are postponing our 2020 graduation ceremony.
We know this is a disruption and disappointment for our seniors and their loved ones. They’ve worked hard and sacrificed so much. They deserve all the pomp and circumstance that comes with a graduation ceremony, and we are still committed to providing that.
The 2020 commencement exercises are now scheduled for August 29 at 10:00 a.m. at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California. Our beloved chancellor emeritus, John MacArthur, will speak. And it will be the first time the TMU family will officially gather after a difficult, trying period, to celebrate God’s goodness, rejoice with our beloved seniors, and look ahead, with great anticipation, to all God has in store for them and for The Master’s University. Please join us in praying for an end to the threat of COVID-19 so that on this new date, August 29, our seniors can be celebrated and our TMU family can reunite.