The University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees voted this week to postpone all spring commencement ceremonies until after June 1, UA officials announced on Friday.
All other University of Arkansas campus events have already been canceled for the remainder of the semester due to concerns related to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The postponement only affects the commencement ceremonies, as UA graduation processes and awarding of degrees will proceed as normal.
“I promise you, we know how important commencement is to our students, parents, families and friends as well as our entire university community,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said. “With that in mind, we will continue to assess all options to recognize our graduates for what is one of life’s most important and meaningful accomplishments. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation together.”
The UA’s commencement committee will continue to assess the situation, officials said, and will provide an update on when commencement ceremonies could potentially be held later on in the spring.