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Transylvania University postpones 2020 commencement ceremony

Transylvania’s 2019 commencement ceremony was held on the lawn of Old Morrison on Saturday, May 25.

Transylvania University has postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus. 

The school plans to honor its graduating students, who are wrapping up their senior year with remote learning, during an in-person ceremony later on a date to be determined and through several virtual events next month. Seniors have been asked to provide feedback on the best timing for an in-person commencement.

“Tradition, especially celebrating milestones such as commencement, is something we value at Transylvania. Postponing the in-person ceremony was not an easy decision, yet it was one that we had to make to ensure the safety of our students and their guests,” said Interim President John Williams ’74. 

“We are committed to celebrating their achievements, but the spread of COVID-19 has made it impossible for us to hold our commencement celebration on campus in May,” Dr. Williams added. “That said, we intend to honor our graduating seniors both at a distance in May and in person at a later date when it is safe for us to do so.”

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