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Hendrix College Class of 2020 Receives Video Farewell

CONWAY, Ark. (May 23, 2020) – The response to the pandemic of 2020 meant that much of life had to change on short notice. Some rites of passage didn’t happen in the way participants would have preferred, commencement ceremonies among them. Instead of taking place in the Wellness and Athletics Center as originally planned, the 136th Hendrix College Commencement moved to an online, pre-recorded format.

On Saturday, May 23, Hendrix College announced the awarding of 270 undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degrees and 10 Master of Arts degrees in accounting, all of which had been officially conferred on May 16, the date of the originally scheduled in-person graduation ceremony. Read the full list of graduates

“Over the last few months, you have demonstrated your resilience, your determination, and your commitment to your education, unlike any class before you,” Hendrix College President W. Ellis Arnold III ’79 told the graduates. “You have adapted to many challenges and you have succeeded. You have left a lasting impression on all of us at Hendrix, and we will never forget you.”

Before names were announced and a slide shown for each graduate, the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Politics Dr. Jay Barth ’87, who now serves as Chief Education Officer for the City of Little Rock, addressed the Class of 2020.

“What the Hendrix experience does so well—inside and outside the classroom—is to give students the courage to reinvent themselves,” he said. “The overriding emotion I always feel during graduations—live or virtual—is joy at recognizing the personal transformations that have occurred in so many students, across your four years. And, of course, I’ve seen it in y’all.”

Barth praised the graduates’ fortitude, encouraged them to continue finding opportunities to recognize the gifts others have to share, and challenged them to “Keep yourselves open to reinvention and keep yourselves committed to building community in ways both conventional and creative. For that is what taking a part of this place into the troubled world around you requires.”

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit