School of Music Students Mark Graduation with Small In-Person Diploma Recognition Ceremony

graduates listening to Dean David Allen Wehr talk to them just before the Diploma Recognition Ceremony.

Last Thursday, May 6, a total of 61 undergraduate and graduate students from the Mary Pappert School of Music had their degrees conferred in a virtual Commencement ceremony, along with all other Duquesne University graduates. The next day, 50 of those students celebrated their graduation at a small, in-person Diploma Recognition Ceremony, held in the newly-renovated UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse on campus. To help ensure proper safety measures were taken, each graduate was only allowed to bring two guests, and the venue was set up in a way to allow for more-than-adequate social distancing for everyone in attendance. In addition, everyone was required to wear a face mask. The ceremony was also live streamed to enable family and friends who could not be in attendance to celebrate alongside their loved ones.

The Platform Party, which consisted of Dean David Allen Wehr, President Ken Gormley, and Father Raymond French, offered words of praise, encouragement, and thanks to our students. Dean Wehr, himself, called each student by name to cross the stage and be recognized for their accomplishments.

We are all keenly aware of the rigors of a college education, but to add a global pandemic that imposes foundational changes to established pedagogical structure on top of that and watch these students STILL persevere, we begin to truly see the astounding resiliency and dedication of the Duquesne character.

"It's a truly remarkable feat we've accomplished here," Wehr said. "The extraordinary efforts made by each student, not to mention our talented faculty and dedicated staff, have made this entire academic year nothing short of miraculous. Each and every one of these students should be extremely proud of their accomplishments!"

The overall graduating class was comprehensive, representing a very healthy cross-section of our available degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Music in Performance - 7 graduates
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Technology - 8 graduates
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music - 3 graduates
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Education - 16 graduates
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy - 4 graduates
  • Master of Music in Performance - 14 graduates
  • Artist Diploma in Music Performance - 9 graduates

Congratulations to all our Mary Pappert School of Music graduates! We are proud to welcome you into our community of distinguished alumni, and we wish you the best in all your future endeavors!

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