Officials at Tompkins Cortland Community College said this morning there will not be a 2020 Commencement ceremony as originally planned for May 21.
The cancellation was confirmed in a message to graduating students and the campus community, which read in part:
“In acknowledgement of the severity of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the deeply difficult decision to not hold our 2020 Commencement on Thursday, May 21. There is no greater pleasure in our year than to witness and celebrate, in-person, the accomplishments of our students.
With that in mind, we are making contingency plans for a celebration in August if conditions allow. Keep in mind, this is a TENTATIVE PLAN. We also intend to recognize the May 21 celebration online so graduates can still mark the occasion.
It is our hope that a celebration worthy of the occasion will be safe and feasible by August. We will move forward with our plans but also continue to fully comply with local, state, and federal guidance and exercise an abundance of caution in any decision we make.”
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