After COVID-19 led to the cancellation of the traditional commencement ceremony on the bayfront last spring, New College rescheduled it to December 5. However, New College will not be able to hold an in-person commencement ceremony this year due to the Florida Board of Governors’ recent communication to all SUS schools to “develop alternate plans for fall commencement ceremonies, which include any rescheduled spring or summer commencement plans that may have been changed to the fall.”
According to the SUS, “the foundational priority of each university is the health and well-being of its students, faculty and staff.” On March 17 and, subsequently, on June 4, the SUS directed all 12 state universities to develop an alternate schedule or method of delivery for spring and summer commencement. Based on that direction, some universities moved their traditional commencement dates to later in the year, while others scheduled virtual celebrations.
“Recognizing that health guidelines still limit gatherings at this time, it is prudent for universities to develop alternate plans for fall commencement ceremonies,” an official statement from the SUS explained. “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.”
The SUS will continue to monitor guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and will provide expanded guidance should it be deemed necessary.
Updated university information about COVID-19 is available on the Florida Board of Governors website at flbog.edu/2020/03/26/university-information-on-covid-19-2/