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University cancels Aug. 15 commencement ceremony

Central Michigan University Spring 2020 graduates were scheduled to walk the across the stage on May 9 and receive their diplomas – but due to COVID-19 their commencement was postponed until Aug. 15.

On June 19, President Bob Davies sent out an email to the May and August graduates to inform them that due to the COVID-19 the university has cancelled the Aug. 15 ceremony.

"As health experts still recommend avoiding large groups and crowded events, we are making the difficult choice to once again postpone commencement," Davies said in his email. "I know you share my disappointment."

Davies included a video to the graduates apologizing and inviting them to attend and participate in any future commencement ceremony hosted by CMU.

"Earning your degree is still an achievement worth celebrating, and I look forward to congratulating you in person when it is again safe to do so," Davies said in his email.

Graduates and family members who wish to receive more information on upcoming commencement ceremonies can fill out the form to receive email notifications via the commencement website.

"Until we meet again, please remember to tag me, @cmichprez, when you post images of yourself with your degree," Davies said in his email. "Even if I must do so virtually, I want to give you an enthusiastic round of applause."