COLLEGE STATION, TX — Texas A&M University has postponed their August in-person commencement an will instead offer a virtual graduation.
"We will postpone in-person commencement ceremonies," said Texas A&M University President Michael K. Young. "We will mark this momentous milestone for our students and their families in August through virtual graduation celebrations as we did in May, to include the official virtual conferral of degrees."
The University says more information will follow.
President Young said while restrictions may be lifted by early August, it is imperative that they plan for a smooth transition to fall and reduce risk of outbreak.
"The challenge of social distancing in any indoor facility, including Reed Arena, is the large group of families, faculty, staff and students who would be present. Outdoor activities are also a concern because of extreme August heat."
The Texas A&M University System Regents voted to open campuses in the Fall.
President Young says the move-in period for on-campus students will now begin to take place as early as the same weekend as August graduation to enhance physical distancing. "It is imperative to avoid overlapping or merging groups on campus."
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