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UCI Commencement Ceremonies Update

Section 1

March 16, 2020

Dear UCI Students,

We are writing to follow up on our announcement regarding the status of the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies. As we mentioned in our campuswide email on March 13, we are saddened by the decision to cancel the ceremonies for the graduating class of 2020. In consultation with public health experts and given the serious health concerns, we could not risk the safety and security of our students, parents and families. While some may believe that Coronavirus and resulting COVID­19 disease will subside in a few months, given the rapid and evolving nature of the virus, the risk is too great to the community to assemble large gatherings such as UCI Commencement.

We are in the process of exploring two alternatives at this time. One possibility is a virtual ceremony. This idea is still in early development but updates will be provided in the coming weeks. In place of the June Commencement program, we are beginning our planning to hold in­person Commencement Ceremonies during the Winter 2020 recess that occurs mid-December 2020. This plan is contingent on our public health status at that time. Please keep in mind that there is still a possibility that we would not be able to hold the program.

We understand that the Commencement experience is about celebrating with family and loved ones a significant milestone in your personal and academic development. While the formal pomp and circumstance will not take place in June, we hope that we can create an experience that honors the commitment and sacrifice made by you and your family. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to find solutions during these unprecedented times.

For more UCI Coronavirus resources and updates, please visit uci.edu/coronavirus. You can stay up­to­date with UCI Commencement by visiting commencement.uci.edu.

Sincerely,

Willie L. Banks Jr.,
Ph.D. Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs

Kelly Carland Director,
Commencement and Special Events
Student Affairs