The University System of Georgia said it’s told all 26 of the state’s public colleges and universities to cancel spring 2020 graduation ceremonies.
USG said students will still graduate consistent with academic standards, but ceremonies won’t be held as originally planned. The system said it’s following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
All public colleges and universities switched to online instruction this week for the rest of the semester.
USG says students should soon hear from their colleges about refunds for housing, dining, and other services.
The USG said colleges and universities will post details about their graduation plans on their individual websites.
“We don’t make this decision lightly, nor do we want to diminish all our students have achieved,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said in a written statement. “Our institutions are working on creative, alternative ways to celebrate their students’ accomplishments, and I am grateful for the commitment and dedication our students have shown in the face of extraordinary times. They have worked hard and rightfully expect to celebrate and mark their graduation.”
Some private colleges and universities, including Emory, Morehouse and Spelman have also canceled in-person graduation ceremonies.