U.Va. Cancels May Commencement Amid Pandemic

The University of Virginia will not hold in-person commencement exercises for the classes of 2021 and 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The university said on its website that it is talking with the current senior class about either having events in the spring involving only graduating students or postponing a ceremony and other events to a future date when families and friends can be with students.

In any case, a virtual graduation and celebration will occur in May.

“I know this is not the way you expected to end your time at U.Va., nor is it the way we would like to celebrate your accomplishments,” President Jim Ryan said, The Associated Press reported. “Still, I remain confident we will be able to celebrate and honor your class in a way that will be both meaningful and memorable.”

Ryan told the 2020 class that any in-person ceremonies for them likely won’t take place until summer 2022 due to the pandemic, AP reported. Last May’s graduation ceremonies were virtual with plans for an in-person celebration this May.

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