Auburn University announced that it will combine its spring and summer commencement ceremonies to give spring graduates an opportunity to participate and walk the stage in early August — if the pandemic has subsided by then.
The decision comes after the University postponed spring commencement ceremonies in an effort to practice social distancing the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
The summer ceremonies are scheduled for August 8-9, but the University said that holding its summer ceremonies are still "contingent on public health circumstances surrounding the global pandemic."
“Although our spring graduates will already have their degrees conferred, we know how important this Auburn tradition is to our students,” said President Jay Gogue. “There is no academic ceremony more symbolic than commencement, and we understand what walking across the stage means to our students and their families.”
All spring graduates will receive an email next week asking if they plan to participate in the ceremony.
Students who ordered regalia for the spring commencement and plan to attend the combined ceremony are asked by the University to contact the Auburn University Bookstore.
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Any student who ordered regalia for the spring commencement and does not plan to attend the combined ceremony may request a refund, the University said.
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