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Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Good Thursday morning.
When we announced last spring that we would move the Spring 2020 commencement exercises to Aug. 15 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, our campus community anticipated we would be able to gather and celebrate our graduates’ achievements together.
Now that we are seeing the virus continue to spread, and considering the new gathering restrictions, we have decided that we will not be able to hold Spring or Summer 2020 commencement exercises on the August dates as we had planned.
One of my most cherished responsibilities on campus is honoring our hard-working students and celebrating their achievements at commencement ceremonies. We considered many different options for holding a commencement exercise and discussed these options with our student leadership before making our final decision. This decision was not made lightly, but we believe it is in the best interests of our graduates and their families and friends not to gather in such concentrated numbers.
Our Spring 2020 graduates received their diplomas and Tenet medallions in May, and our Summer 2020 graduates will receive their graduation packages shortly after Aug. 20, when their degrees will be conferred. We anticipate offering Summer 2020 graduates the opportunity to participate in the Fall commencement exercise.
We will honor all Class of 2020 graduates in the Spring in celebrations separate from our Spring 2021 commencement. These graduates have demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout their time at Tech, and have demonstrated remarkable resiliency through the April 25, 2019 tornado event and the Spring 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.
I thank each of you for your patience as our University continues to work through the crisis this virus has brought. Your perseverance and commitment have been inspiring to all of us, and I look forward to welcoming each graduate back to campus for a special celebration when it is safe for us all to gather again.
We will provide additional details and answers to any of your questions in future communications.