On Monday morning, Temple University announced that it will be postponing the Commencement Ceremony for the Spring of 2020 due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
“While we will not hold the traditional in-person ceremony on May 7, we are exploring alternatives to this long-standing celebration of your achievement,” Temple University President President Englert said in his statement, “Over the next few weeks, as we all learn more about the impact of this pandemic and whether social distancing will still be a necessary component in our lives, we will engage our students in the conversation around a meaningful recognition.”
This decision comes nearly two weeks after the University elected to move classes online as a way to combat the spread of the virus.
Senior students set to partake in the ceremony are disappointed by the news of its postponing and are not thrilled with the online graduation alternative the school may offer if it is canceled.
“I was really sad. Me and my family were looking forward to this for a long time…” Senior Josh Jordan said, …“online graduation I don’t know how thats going to work. What, we’re going to be in Zoom and they’re gonna call our name and we’re gonna raise our hands?”
Temple University will continue to provide updates on their plans for Commencement in the next few weeks.