Springfield College has officially announced that the commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 16-17 have been postponed, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
While many other colleges and universities have canceled their ceremonies, Springfield College decided against following suit. Instead, the College has elected to postpone it, and will eventually have a ceremony in the upcoming months.
“I know how important this event is for our students and their families, and for all of us. It is a culmination of hard work and deserves a celebration,” Cooper said in an email Wednesday night. “We remain committed to hold a Commencement ceremony, and in true Springfield College spirit, we are asking our graduating seniors and their families for their input as we make the decision of identifying a new date.”
The seniors have received a survey asking them to select which month they’d prefer the ceremony to take place: August or October. The school will go with whichever month receives more votes, at which point it’ll select a specific weekend as the new dates.
“In a time where everyone feels a bit out of control over circumstances, we wanted to give our students and their families a voice in this important decision,” Cooper added.
She hopes to make an announcement about a new Commencement date by early April.
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