The University of Wyoming’s graduation ceremony is the latest public event to be canceled in favor of an online option.
Acting university President Neil Theobald said in a release that the university “had no choice but to look for alternatives to a public gathering”.
The online ceremony is scheduled for May 16 — the same day as the traditional graduation was to be held.
“Spring commencement is one of the great traditions of the university, something we all look forward to every year. The decision to modify the ceremonies this year is challenging for everyone,” Theobald said. “Our primary focus is on the health of our graduates, their family and friends, and the hosting community in Laramie.”
Theobald said students may be offered other options as well, such as a ceremony next winter or spring.
Students will receive more information about how to opt in to a commencement package via their UW email accounts next week. Students who already have ordered commencement regalia will be contacted directly by the University Store.
“Nothing is the same as walking across the stage in front of your family and friends, but we hope these options will allow our graduates to still create and preserve memories marking their hard work and achievements,” said Kim Chestnut, the UW’s acting vice president for student affairs.