An Early Farewell to the Class of 2020


AST Class of 2020

Due to the closure of campus on March 15 in response to COVID-19 concerns, the Asian Studies Department’s graduating class of 2020 had to make do with a hurried, informal celebration of their achievements.  Fortunately, Noodle Nirvana, a favorite Berea restaurant, was still open for on-site dining at the time and was able to host the farewell dinner.  Three graduating seniors – major Jesse Paul ’20 and minors Delaney Anderson ’20 and Sienna Burgess ’20 – also were inducted into Epsilon Alpha Sigma (EAΣ), the honor society for academic achievement in East Asian studies.

Our students will have to complete the remainder of their coursework this term via remote learning options arranged by their professors, but although it appears that there will be no Commencement ceremony in May, they still will receive their diplomas.  Several are still waiting for news about post-graduate opportunities, such as JET Program finalists Myles Crain ’20, Rusty Dotson ’20, Dominique Jenkins ’20, and Jesse Paul ’20.  Others, such as U.S. Peace Corps volunteer Delaney Anderson ’20 and U.S. State Department Critical Language Scholarship recipient Janae Davis ’20, are hoping that post-graduate opportunities for which they have already received acceptance will not be cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please join the Department in congratulating these soon-to-be graduates!  (Pictured, clockwise from top left: major Alyssa Vinson ’20, minor Sienna Burgess ’20, minor A. J. Jarvis ’20, minor and EAΣ member Rusty Dotson ’20, minor and EAΣ member Delaney Anderson ’20, major Janae Davis ’20, major and EAΣ member Jesse Paul ’20, Professor Nathan Patton, Professor Jeff Richey, major Myles Crain ’20, major and EAΣ member Dominique Jenkins ’20, and major Gavin Scruggs.)