This letter was sent to the Class of 2020 today from Nashville School of Law President & Dean William C. Koch, Jr. The celebration may be delayed, but it will be no less meaningful when the time is right.


Dear Graduating Students:

            I am writing with difficult news. Given the current environment of uncertainty and the likelihood that social and travel restrictions will continue in the months ahead, it is with sincere regret that I inform you that the May 23, 2020 graduation ceremony has been postponed. This is necessitated by the public health and safety restrictions associated COVID-19.  I know this is disappointing news.

            Last week, we asked you for your ideas and preferences regarding graduation. Almost half of you answered, and we thank you for those responses. Many of you expressed a strong preference for a graduation ceremony when it becomes safe to gather. I agree that a traditional ceremony is an important milestone for NSL graduates and their families and friends. It commemorates and celebrates your academic achievements and the friendships you have made during the past four years.

            Today, I assure you that the School is committed to holding a graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020 and to giving you and your families and friends as much advance notice as possible. I wish we could provide a firm date for the rescheduled graduation ceremony now, but we cannot because of the uncertainties created by evolving social restrictions and the scheduling of the bar exam. We will share additional information as it becomes available.

            In recent weeks, all of us have been required to adjust to many new realities. Please know that the Board of Trustees and the faculty and staff share your sadness over this decision. However, like you, we also know that what matters more than anything else right now is that we keep ourselves and our families safe. We look forward to the day when we can all be together celebrating the accomplishments of the Class 0f 2020.