Spring graduation ceremonies at Northern Arizona University won’t be happening this year, or at least not as originally planned.
In an email to students and faculty, NAU President Rita Cheng said she made the decision to cancel commencement at the Skydome after much thought and careful consideration of the guidelines outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Cheng said the move was prompted by what she called the “unprecedented global health crisis.”
To replace in-person ceremonies, the university is organizing a virtual commencement ceremony that will occur in May. Additionally, graduates are being invited to walk in a special in-person ceremony in December, Cheng said in her email.
“I am extremely proud of the way our Lumberjacks have come together during these challenging times to find ways to help each other and ensure a better and brighter future,” the email read.
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