Valdosta State plans alternative graduation ceremonies

Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 23, 2020

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Valdosta State University is looking for ways to celebrate its graduates in spite of commencement cancellations.

Last week, university officials announced spring graduation ceremonies at all 24 schools in the University System of Georgia are cancelled.

In the days since, VSU President Richard Carvajal says the university has received a number of comments and suggestions for alternative ways to celebrate graduates.

The University now has three options:

—A virtual, online only commencement will be held on May 9th.
—The university will hold a Homecoming Graduation Celebration fall homecoming week
—Fall 2020 commencement will be a combined ceremony for spring and fall graduates

Valdosta State officials expect to release more information as plans are finalized.

Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 19, 2020

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Spring graduation ceremonies are canceled at Valdosta State University.

On Thursday, university officials announced spring commencement ceremonies have been cancelled for all 26 schools in the University System of Georgia, including VSU.

In a statement, VSU President Dr.mRichard Carvajal said handing out degrees to celebrating graduates is one of his greatest joys, but community health and safety must be a top priority.

"I know how much our graduates have longed for this day, and I am truly sorry that this decision became necessary," Carvajal said. "That said, our top priority must be the health, safety and well-being of all members of our VSU community, especially during these challenging times."

University officials say diplomas will be mailed directly to all graduates. They are now working on a new, alternative way to celebrate the students.

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