NAU will not hold an in-person commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates.
The cancellation was communicated to students in an email from the university’s president, Rita Cheng, March 24. NAU came to the decision after accounting for CDC guidelines regarding the global pandemic SARS-CoV-2.
“I can imagine how disappointed each of you must be and how much you and your families have looked forward to celebrating your achievements,” Cheng said in the email. “However, this decision is necessary to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of our community during this unprecedented global health crisis.”
While an in-person ceremony will not take place this May, graduates can look forward to a virtual commencement. Exact details of the virtual commencement are unknown at this time, but will include personal photos and messages, according to the email.
Additionally all May graduates are invited to walk in a special in-person ceremony on Saturday, December 12. Students can expect a RSVP process for this ceremony to be sent out in the coming months.
The email does not mention whether graduates will be refunded for purchases related to the previously planned in-person commencement, such as a cap and gown.