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GRAVETTE -- Lauren Leonard, of Gravette, participated in commencement for the Luther College Class of 2020 during a unique virtual commencement ceremony on May 24.

Leonard received a bachelor of arts degree in environmental studies. She is the daughter of Dr. Kent Leonard and Dorian Leonard of Gravette.

A total of 417 graduates watched from their homes with loved ones as they were honored and celebrated during the virtual ceremony. Of that number, 141 graduates received Latin honors and 80 were first-generation college students.

President Jenifer K. Ward offered a welcome message to the graduates. Due to public health concerns created by the covid-19 pandemic, and state and national social distancing recommendations, the decision was made to postpone in-person Spring 2020 Commencement.

Luther College, in Decorah, Iowa, is home to more than 1,900 undergraduates who are enrolled in over 60 academic programs. Learn more at

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