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Graduation Delayed Due to COVID-19

Alanna Demetrius | The PhoenixGraduation will be delated due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Graduating students at Loyola will have to wait to walk the stage and get their diplomas, as Loyola’s 2020 Commencement has been pushed back to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Graduating students at Loyola will have to wait to walk the stage and get their diplomas, as Loyola’s 2020 Commencement has been pushed back due to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

In a March 18 email to the Loyola community, the Office of the President wrote the commencement will be held later than usual and may be in a different form than past years, but didn’t provide specifics. Commencement was originally planned for May 4 through 9, according to Loyola’s Commencement website.

The university has not made a final decision about commencement but is working “in unity” with students and faculty as the situation develops, according to Anna Rozenich, a university spokesperson. 

The announcement comes nearly one week after Loyola shifted classes online and closed campus dorms due to the spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

In the email, staff and managers were encouraged to prepare to work completely remotely by the end of the week, as the Office of the President said it anticipates governmental travel restrictions or curfews to develop soon. 

The Loyola Coronavirus Response Task Force led by Provost Norberto Grzywacz now has over  100 faculty and staff from the University, according to the email.

In a March 18 email to the Loyola community, the Office of the President wrote commencement will be held later than usual and may be in a different form than past years, but didn’t provide specifics. Commencement was originally planned for May 4 through 9, according to Loyola’s commencement website.

The announcement comes nearly a week after Loyola shifted classes online and closed campus dorms due to the spread of COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. 

In the email, staff and managers were encouraged to prepare to work completely remotely by the end of the week, as the Office of the President said it anticipates governmental travel restrictions or curfews to develop soon. 

The Loyola Coronavirus Response Task Force led by Provost Norberto Grzywacz now has over  100 faculty and staff from the university, according to the email.  

Loyola officials didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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