SGA president not looking back

May 11, 2020

Commencement rewards all those late nights filled with last-minute studying and brings tears of worry and joy.  

However, for the graduating class of 2020 at Claflin University, there will be no traditional commencement. Student Government Association President Matthew Springs only recently came to term with this. 

“You hear the coronavirus taking away loved ones not only from this world but from their families if they're essential workers on the front line. But no one stopped to think what the coronavirus is taking from students," Springs said.

A graduating senior, Springs believes despite the disappointment of not walking across the stage and shaking President Dr. Dwaun Warmack’s hand when receiving a degree in May, the university has done everything it can to make this time special. 

The class of 2020 had a virtual commencement and all those that desired had the opportunity to participate.   

Although the date for a December 2020 commencement ceremony has not been set, May 2020 graduates have an open invitation to join that commencement ceremony.  

Despite Springs' leadership as SGA president being cut short, he says he's proud of the accomplishments and is taking the lessons he has learned while on the hilltop high with him in the next chapter of his life.  

“Although times are tough and unpredictable, we have to remember to stay safe, stay stong and remember the gates of Claflin University are waiting for your arrival," Springs said.

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