As of March 16, 2020
Following public health guidance and best practices from peer institutions, the university will limit all meetings and gatherings to 10 people or fewer for the next eight weeks. As a result, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel the in-person, on-campus 2019–2020 commencement ceremonies. This applies to our university-wide Commencement Ceremony and all individual college-level ceremonies.
Importantly, this decision applies only to the ceremonial aspects of the Commencement Ceremony. As mentioned last week, all degrees and all class credits will still be awarded at the end of the spring semester. As president, I will still confer degrees on Saturday, May 16, 2020, in a virtual ceremony. Additionally, all graduating students will be invited to return to campus to walk in future commencement ceremonies. Because commencement will not be held this year, all graduation fees will be refunded to students who have already paid the fees. Details on how to watch the virtual Commencement Ceremony will be forthcoming in a future communication.
For additional updates please visit the commencement website.
Limiting Gatherings to 10 Individuals
Limiting all meetings to no more than 10 individuals will help minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus (COVID-19) and, as such, we encourage the use of audio and video conferences for all students, faculty, and staff meetings whenever possible. As a reminder, the CDC recommends social distancing, so all individuals participating in in-person meetings and gatherings should maintain a safe distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) between themselves and others. This also means that the meeting capacity for any room should be set to ensure that all participants can follow the recommended social distancing of 6 feet.