Fox 5 Highlights Iona College Virtual Commencement to Celebrate Class of 2020

Commencement, Student Achievements

COVID-19 has forced recent graduates to adjust to new ways of marking major life milestones. Fox 5 turned to Iona College to showcase how schools can recreate the magic of a grand ceremony, even during this pandemic.

Iona College’s Hannah McGowan ’20, president of the Student Government Association, told Fox 5 about how her family helped to make it extra special at home, with a graduation parade of family friends and a celebration with her mom and sisters.

“It doesn’t beat Madison Square Garden, but it came close,” said McGowan said.

McGowan also delivered the welcome message on behalf of undergraduate students during the Commencement ceremony, saying: “We have witnessed the transformation of our college, and have transformed right alongside it.”

Watch the Fox 5 segment here.

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Founded in 1940, Iona College is a master's-granting private, Catholic, coeducational institution of learning in the tradition of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers. Iona's 45-acre campus is just 20 miles north of Midtown Manhattan. With a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students and an alumni base of over 45,000 around the world, Iona is a diverse community of learners and scholars dedicated to academic excellence and the values of justice, peace and service. Iona is highly accredited, offering undergraduate degrees in liberal arts, science, and business administration, as well as Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees and numerous advanced certificate programs. Iona’s LaPenta School of Business is accredited by AACSB International, a prestigious recognition awarded to just five percent of business schools worldwide. The Princeton Review recognized Iona’s on-campus MBA program as a “Best Business School for 2020.” Iona College also recently launched a new, fully online MBA program for even greater flexibility.