Ohio State Postpones Spring Commencement Ceremony Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

By Kevin Harrish on March 17, 2020 at 10:24 am
Spring Commencement is postponed.
The Ohio State University

Graduation is on hold.

Ohio State formally announced the postponement of its spring commencement ceremony on Tuesday morning in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The decision comes following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that no large events be scheduled over the next eight weeks.

No new date has been determined at this time, but the University expects to communicate new information later in March.

"Our preference is to reschedule for later this spring, but it is premature to select a new date at this time," Ohio State President Michael Drake said in a university-wide letter. "We will continue to evaluate information as we receive it and communicate a decision later this month."

Ohio State has already canceled all in-person classes for the remainder of the semester and required all undergraduate students living in university housing to move out and return to their permanent home residences or non-campus housing for the remainder of the semester.

However, despite the uncertainty, Ohio State maintains that the ceremony will go on at a later date.

"Commencement is one of our most cherished traditions, and we remain fully committed to celebrating our graduates at an appropriate time," Drake said.

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