COVID-19 Claims Another Commencement Ceremony; Dec. 12 Graduation Canceled

COVID-19 has claimed another commencement exercise as President Richard Davenport announcement Wednesday that fall commencement exercises have been canceled.

“I sincerely regret to inform you that we have decided to cancel our in-person fall commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for Dec. 12, 2020,” President Davenport stated in a release posted in this week’s Provost newsletter. “Please understand that we are taking these precautions because we are concerned about ensuring everyone’s safety and well-being during the ongoing pandemic.”

Commencement was canceled in part after the University announced plans earlier this semester to transition to remote learning following the Thanksgiving holiday break.

“Please know that we understand and empathize that this news is disappointing to our graduates and their families. We know that many of our faculty, staff and administrators were looking forward to the traditional, in-person graduation day as well,” Davenport said.

The president said plans are underway for a virtual commencement celebrate on Dec. 12.

“We will not, however, let commencement day go by without finding a way to celebrate our graduates’ hard work,” he said.

Stay tuned as additional details will be shared with graduating students via MavMail and posted at as plans are finalized. Any questions relating to commencement can be directed to


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