Widener Class of 2020 Undergrads: A Look Back

Benjamin Beggs '20, Communication Studies Major
Student wearing yellow sunglasses that say 'class of 2020' on the side

Widener's departing undergraduates have much to look forward to, but before they earn their diplomas and bid the university farewell, a little nostalgia is in order. 

From the moment they arrived on campus, these students became part of the Widener family, and their legacy will live on. The Class of 2020’s energy and dedication has led them to overcome challenges and meet their goals. They depart having developed the skills, networks and experiences needed to start successful careers. There are many reasons to be proud.

Move-In Day

When they arrived on campus in August of 2016, Class of 2020 undergraduates received a warm welcome from faculty members, staff, and returning student volunteers, who helped the newcomers move into their residence halls.​​​​​

Students and staff help Class of 2020 move into residence halls


Class of 2020 undergraduates spent their first days on campus getting acclimated to Widener and meeting new people. On a bright sunny day without a cloud in the sky, first-year students experienced the university’s Convocation ceremony, officially welcoming them into the academic community.

Football players sing the fight song after convocation

Courage Day

During their first year on campus, Widener started the tradition of Courage Day, a student-led event that challenges the campus community to be courageous in their everyday lives. 

Two students wearing red T-shirts take part in inaugural Courage Day

Nursing Uniform Ceremony 

During their sophomore year, Class of 2020 nursing students marked a milestone when they received those well-known blue Widener uniforms.

Sophomore nursing majors pose for a group photo in their new blue uniforms

Global & Civic Engagement

Class of 2020 traveled the world on study abroad and civic engagement trips, including Alternative Spring Break, helping to build homes across America. 

Group photo of Alternative Spring Break participants wearing matching blue shirts.

Research & Scholarship

Over their summers and during the semesters, members of the class engaged in research projects with faculty mentors, applying their course knowledge to their professional fields, building skills, and preparing for successful careers. 

Student and professor conducting lab work

Walk A Mile

Students took part in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, making it a favorite annual event. Their contributions pushed the 2019 event to a record level of student participation. Several clubs and organizations were represented, as students walked a mile on campus in high-heeled shoes, raising awareness of sexual assault and confronting gender stereotypes. 

Male students wear high heels to take part in Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event

Athletic Milestones

During their time at Widener, Class of 2020 student-athletes smashed records, racked up honors, won championships, and made nine appearances in NCAA championships. Go Pride!

Women's basketball team celebrate on the court


Homecoming is a highlight of every academic year, but the festivities in October 2019 – the class’ final year as undergraduates – were especially memorable as the now-seniors were elected to Homecoming Court.

The 8 students in the 2019 Homecoming Court pose for a silly photo

The members of Class of 2020 now look forward to the next chapter in their lives, building careers, families, and more memories. As its members officially become alumni, they will forever be part of the Pride. The entire Widener community can’t wait to see the positive impact they make on the world. Congratulations! 

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