Historic Celebration for Historic Band: Drexel Virtually Honors Class of 2020 | Now
The main building of Drexel University was one of several landmarks in Philly that lit up in blue and gold on June 11 to honor Drexel’s promotion in 2020.
This year, Drexel University did not kick off at Citizens Bank Park this year, as it has in recent years, but the home of the Philadelphia Phillies has always lit up to support Drexel and the legend. from Philadelphia Dan Baker started the celebration anyway. with a festive message. The special Drexel brand champagne glass and graduation cap were sent to Dragons Home; the glasses were said to have been filled at the university’s annual champagne toast for the elderly and the cap was reportedly worn with a dress as its wearer walked through a stage and attended the opening ceremonies.
But selfies and photos of the Class of 2020 and their families have always been taken and shared online. Diplomas were still conferred on people who worked very hard to earn them while they were in college. Colleges and schools always had individual ceremonies that students could attend in addition to the university-wide launch event. And, most importantly, time was still set aside to honor these students and their accomplishments, and all who have supported them throughout their journey, and to welcome these new alumni in the next stages of their lives.
Because, yes, the University couldn’t organize the start of this year in person, but that didn’t stop the Dragons from showing – and sharing – their Drexel pride together, on a special night out.
At 6 p.m. EST on June 11, Drexel hosted a virtual celebration for Dragons around the world to come together (online) and celebrate everything this year’s promotion has achieved over the years – especially everything that has been accomplished during and despite the last few months. A video featuring President John Fry, alumni, students, administration and board members was released at this time; it was hosted on a start site that the Dragons could use to remember Drexel lore, stay connected to their new alma mater, and learn more about the university’s prestigious alumni network.
Drexel now has compiled the highlights from the virtual celebration below – but before I get there, hit play on this video for a special intro.
Now that you’ve been properly greeted by Dan Baker, the voice of baseball in Philly and a proud parent of Drexel Dragon who has been the master of ceremonies at previous Drexel launch ceremonies at Citizens Bank Park, read on:
The central hub for everything related to the 2020 class is located at virtual celebration site. It’s filled with videos, photos, posts, songs, downloadable images for use on social media, a social media feed of the hashtag #foreverdragons, and key pieces of Drexel’s legacy. You should definitely check out this collection of tributes to this year’s graduates.
“In the digital world in particular, virtual means a synthesized or simulated reality. But there is nothing synthesized about the hard work and discipline all of you have put into achieving the degrees we are celebrating tonight, ”President Fry said in his statement. address to graduates, which was included in the nearly 33-minute video tribute featured on the homepage. “There is nothing simulated about the pride felt by your parents, friends and family. And there is certainly nothing synthesized about the gratitude I feel for the way the Class of 2020, as well as all of our students, faculty and professional staff, have responded to the COVID-19 challenge. “
During his message, which can be read in full here, Fry explained that the resilience and courage graduates have shown in adapting not only to the rapid pivot of distance learning that occurred during the spring term, but also to the COVID pandemic -19 and the public calculation of racial inequality, is just one of the many signs that they are well armed to change society and the future by becoming both active citizens and experts in their fields. predilection.
“As so often happens in history, you inherited a problem that you were not involved in creating – but that you must and will take the initiative to resolve,” he told the class of 2020, later adding, “These are uncertain times in many ways. But I feel so much more confident in our future, just knowing that you, our graduates, will be a part of it.”
Fry was just one of many speakers who recorded messages to the graduates either on the podium in the large courtyard of the main building or in the comfort of their own homes. The Dragons who also praised the Class of 2020 in this video included:
- Senior Vice President Undergo Sahu, PhD, who recounted some of the traditions and experiences of the students during their time at Drexel. Sahu also affirmed the University’s commitment to making the campus community a more welcoming and inclusive place, and to supporting those who tackle institutional racism, police brutality, inequalities and injustices that plague the society today. He then led a Moment of silence honor, as he fondly described it, “the memory of all the black lives lost to this senseless and systematic violence”.
- Member of the board of directors and recognized alumnus Chris McKendry ’90, who shared greetings and congratulations on behalf of the board and welcomed the new alumni class.
- Acting Nina Henderson Provost Paul jensen, PhD, who implored the class of 2020 to stay connected to the university and its dragon network, and to return for an official launching ceremony next June.
- President of the Government Association of Undergraduates (USGA) Apoorva Selvaraj, BS / MS ’20, who urged fellow graduates to use their Drexel training and experiences to step up, speak out and be an advocate and ally in the future.
- Graduate Student Association (GSA) Vice President of Academic Affairs Guillermo Ibarrola Recalde, PhD ’20, who encouraged the Class of 2020 to celebrate both their failures and their achievements and to look forward to what the future may hold for them.
- Former Philadelphia Investigator editor-in-chief and two-time Pulitzer Prize recipient Bill Marrimow, who delivered the 2020 Drexel University keynote address which highlighted the benefits of mentoring through alumni stories and her own experiences.
There was also a special in-person component to the June 11 celebration which was likely seen by Dragons in Philly and also shared on the website for all to see and remember.
Notable landmarks in Philadelphia – from the Mario the Dragon statue and main building on the University City campus to the Boathouse Row and downtown skyline at Citizens Bank Park and the Wells Fargo Center – were illuminated with blue and gold lights on the night of June 11 Videos and photos of these blue and gold sites were shown on WPHL-TV (PHL-17) and WCAU-TV (NBC-10) segments; CBS-3 even sent his news helicopter to shoot Breathtaking aerial footage of the Philly skyline illuminated in blue and gold, and looking at a photo of Mario the Dragon, 6-abcLegendary Jim Gardner news anchor pointed out, “He’s an attractive dragon in blue and gold, damn true.”
Here is a photo compilation of all of the best photos of Philadelphia dressed in blue and gold that were taken that night:
And, of course, there was the rest of the virtual celebration that can be found online. You can read alumni messages and learn more about their stories; upload images to share on social networks; listen to Drexel’s fight song; watch videos exploring the history of the university and its special home in the city of Philadelphia, and even learn how to wear a Drexel cap and dress on the popular game Animal Crossings. Worth checking out here.
But before you go, let Vibhas Madan, Acting Dean of LeBow College of Business, play you a special song he wrote and played on guitar called “Drexel’s Class of 2020: A Song for You”.