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.