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No in-person graduation ceremonies at Florida public universities this fall

The State University System tells schools to come up with alternate plans, like they did earlier this year.
Students from the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus attend commencement at Mahaffey Theater in 2019. This year, with the pandemic still under way, the State University System is telling schools to make alternate plans for fall graduation.
Students from the University of South Florida's St. Petersburg campus attend commencement at Mahaffey Theater in 2019. This year, with the pandemic still under way, the State University System is telling schools to make alternate plans for fall graduation. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times (2019) ]
Published Sep. 24, 2020

State officials have issued a memo telling Florida’s state universities to develop alternate plans for in-person fall graduation ceremonies.

Spring and summer commencements had also been postponed or held online earlier this year.

“The foundational priority of each university is the health and well-being of our university students, faculty and staff,” the memo from the State University System said. “While we understand the disappointment this may cause, universities were creative in their spring and summer commencement festivities, and each of them found ways to celebrate their graduates and their achievements. We are confident that the fall graduates will be equally celebrated.”

The University of Florida and University of South Florida announced they will be holding virtual commencement ceremonies this fall. The University of Florida also announced it would extend its winter break by one week and eliminate spring break in 2021, ending the semester earlier due to COVID-19 related concerns.