UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney announced last week a virtual commencement will be held in lieu of a traditional commencement due to logistical issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak. PHOTO COURTESY OF UMASS LOWELL

LOWELL — Friday at 5 p.m., the University of Massachusetts Lowell will celebrate more than 4,000 2020 graduates with a virtual commencement ceremony to be livestreamed online.

The ceremony will feature several speakers, including Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, UMass President Marty Meehan and UMass Trustee Mary Burns of Lowell, according to a news release from the university.

This year’s student commencement address will be given by Rachel Record of Pepperell, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Record is the recipient of the 2020 Trustees Key in recognition of her 4.0 grade point average over eight semesters at the university. She plans to go on to law school following graduation, the release notes.

During the ceremony, students will also be recognized as the recipients of this year’s Chancellor’s Medals for Academic Achievement, Community Service, Diversity and Inclusion and Student Service. According to the release, outstanding members of the Class of 2020 include Sophia Samih of Tewksbury, a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service and a UMass Lowell Honors College ambassador; Tom Brennan of Maynard, senior class president and student alumni ambassador; and David Morton of Boxford, a recipient of the Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service and Student Government Association president.

Following the speaking program, schools and colleges within the university will hold individual virtual programs, including the reading of the graduates’ names. The ceremony will be streamed at For additional information about the Class of 2020, visit