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Florida universities should cancel in-person commencements this summer, officials say

The State University System cited federal health guidelines.
Students at the University of South Florida attend commencement ceremonies in a time before the coronavirus. This year's spring commencement, already delayed by the virus' spread, was canceled yet again on Thursday at the direction of the State University System.
Students at the University of South Florida attend commencement ceremonies in a time before the coronavirus. This year's spring commencement, already delayed by the virus' spread, was canceled yet again on Thursday at the direction of the State University System. [ Times (2018) ]
Published Jun. 4, 2020

The State University System has advised universities to postpone their in-person commencement ceremonies scheduled for summer.

“Recognizing that health guidelines still limit gatherings at this time, it is prudent for universities to develop alternate plans for summer commencement ceremonies, which include any rescheduled spring commencement plans that may have been changed to the summer,” the statement said.

The Board of Governors said they would continue to monitor guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Spring and summer commencement ceremonies were tentatively planned at the University of South Florida from Aug. 6 through Aug. 9. But the university, citing the state’s direction, announced Thursday that those events had been canceled.

A statement on the school’s commencement website said, “USF reaffirms commitment to invite spring and summer graduates to in-person ceremonies, as soon as they can safely resume.”

The University of Florida, which had rescheduled its spring commencement ceremonies for the weekend of July 31-Aug. 2, also announced that those events would not take place at that time. More details about possible refunds and further updates will be available next week, the school said.

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