May 23, 2024

Share Your Words of Wisdom with the Class of 2020

Class of 2020

We know it’s been on your bucket list. You finally have a chance to deliver a commencement address! (Well, at least part of one.)

We are asking all faculty and staff to step up during this unprecedented time and share your wisdom with UMW’s Class of 2020. It could be practical, such as in the valedictory words of a former Navy SEAL: Make your bed every morning. Or philosophical: Pursue your dreams.

We want you to think about important life lessons or if-I-knew-then-what-I-know-now reflections. Regardless of whether your words are wise or witty, pithy or poetic, we urge you to think of a concise statement (one or two sentences) you would like to pass along to our graduates.

We ask that you email your written statements to Interim Media Relations Director Lisa Marvashti. And, if you’re willing to take it a step farther (or ready for prime time), videotape yourself delivering your words of wisdom. Be sure and include your name and title.

Please send these to us by May 4. We will compile all the submissions into a written summary for the May 7th EagleEye, and we will use the videotaped messages on the website and in communication with our graduates.

About Anna Billingsley

Anna B. Billingsley, associate vice president for university relations, has worked at UMW since 2004.


  1. Jodie Hayob-Matzke says

    Dear Graduates,

    As a faculty member, and Chair of the Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, I appreciate the flexibility and support you have shown us during this unprecedented crisis and the transition to remote instruction.

    I want to congratulate each of you on your impressive accomplishments; although we can’t be in person this May to celebrate your successes — a remote celebration in no way diminishes all that you’ve achieved! I look forward to celebrating with you in person when the time comes.

    Best wishes to all for a healthy summer – Prof. Hayob-Matzke