Due to concerns regarding the coronavirus, guests and family members will not be welcome to attend the spring 2020 graduation commencement at Florida Tech.
According to an email President T. Dwayne McCay sent out to expected spring graduates, the university is “carefully monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking steps to preserve the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and their families.” As a result, the university has decided to “reconfigure spring commencement exercises.”
The email also said that ticketed ceremonies in Clemente will be canceled and that graduate only ceremonies would occur at the Gleason Performing Arts Center to be webcast live, video recorded and photographed.
This guest ticket cancellation comes in the wake of many universities including Harvard, Ohio State, Standford and many others canceling in-person classes and moving to online instruction only.
Due to the fact that Florida Tech has a diverse student body with over 100 countries represented at the university, McCay stated that “we felt it prudent to make this announcement as soon as possible so that families of graduates could adjust their travel plans accordingly—particularly those who would have traveled internationally to join us on campus.”
As an alternative, Spring 2020 graduates are invited to walk at the 2020 fall commencement exercise on Dec. 12.
The university stated that details about the spring 2020 graduation ceremony are still being finalized and further updates will be released shortly.
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