La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Colleges and universities in Baton Rouge have announced postponements of graduation and commencement ceremonies as the threat of COVID-19 bears down.

The Southern University Law Center announced Friday, March 27 that spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed and school leaders will provide new ceremony details once given the proper approvals from the CDC.

Southeastern Louisiana University followed suit on Friday, postponing spring commencement ceremonies. School officials say spring graduates will receive their diplomas via mail along with details about summer commencement.

LSU officials announced Tuesday, March 24 that all spring commencement ceremonies will be postponed, including ceremonies for the Veterinary School and the Law Center.

Southern University in Baton Rouge announced Monday, March 30 that the spring commencement ceremony will be held in conjunction with summer commencement on August 7.

“We made this decision with significant input from the student body via Student Government. Student leaders conducted a survey of the graduating class and almost 2,000 students participated. We are grateful to all,” said LSU Interim President Thomas Galligan Jr.

Student are asked to fill out a survey so plans can be made for a future ceremony, and so that diplomas can be mailed to the correct address. Click here to fill out the survey.

“Please remember that together we are strong; we are resilient; and, we will get through this together. Your commitment to doing your part to combat the spread of COVID-19 thus far has inspired us, and I sincerely thank you for making yet another necessary sacrifice in order to protect the greater well-being. Even though we’re spending more time apart these days than we’d prefer, we remain united as one LSU family," Galligan said.

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