2020 Senior Class Breakfast Will Happen from Homes around the World on Friday
Celebration will include news on Commencement speaker, and grads are urged to make a fancy breakfast (recipe provided)
The annual Senior Class Breakfast is the official kickoff of BU’s Commencement festivities. And although coronavirus has left the date for this year’s main ceremony uncertain, the class will still be celebrated on Friday, May 1, at 10 am, at a virtual breakfast get-together. The event can be streamed on the Dean of Students website.
Although the 3,900 students in the Class of 2020 will be logging on individually from home, the breakfast is one of the few times they all come together during their four years at BU.
To keep the event true to its name, seniors are encouraged to make a special, easy-to-prepare breakfast at home. BU chef and campus culinary director Christopher Bee has created a menu of roasted tomato and leek tart, salt and pepper Yukon Gold potatoes, and applewood smoked bacon, which he details step-by-step in the video above. The recipe can be found here.
President Robert A. Brown is expected to announce BU’s 147th Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients, the Baccalaureate and student speakers, and winners of the University’s highest teaching honors, the Metcalf Cup and Prize and the Metcalf Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
Rev. Robert Allan Hill, dean of Marsh Chapel, will offer an invocation before the meal, emcee Kenneth Elmore (Wheelock’87), associate provost and dean of students, will welcome students, and the Class Gift Campaign cochairs will give an update on how this year’s campaign is going.
Lauren Pyes (CGS’10, COM’12), Development & Alumni Relations assistant director of student programs, says that more than 1,700 students have already donated to the 2020 Class Gift. Class members can direct their donation to a specific program, club, or project on campus that has special significance for them.
Pyes says that this year was on pace to be a very strong year—in fact, it looked like this class would have more donors than the Class of 2019—but COVID-19 upended the progress a bit. Still, the total amount donated to date stands at $43,860. “We definitely hope that students will still want to participate,” she says. “One fund to think about is the student life emergency fund, run by the Dean of Students. This money goes directly to students who are facing financial hardships, like students who received funds to pay for the unexpected flight home a few weeks back.”
Two last points: typically, seniors dress up for the Senior Class Breakfast, so that might still be a good idea. And just think, this year you’re free to make your own mimosa…
The virtual Senior Breakfast is Friday, May 1, at 10 am. You can watch from home here .
Check back on BU Today Friday afternoon for an updated article on Senior Breakfast, with the names of this year’s Commencement speaker, honorary degree recipients, Baccalaureate and student speakers, and Metcalf Cup and Prize and Metcalf Award winners.
Seniors can donate to the Class Gift here.
Find more information about Commencement on the Commencement website.