University of Southern Indiana officials on Friday announced the cancellation of the Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremonies.
According to a statement from USI, the decision to cancel the event was made specifically due to the increase in positive COVID-19 cases in Southern Indiana, the extension of Stage 4.5 of Indiana's "Back on Track" plan, and consultation with state and local health officials.
“This is not the decision I hoped to have to make. We have worked extremely hard to explore a way that we could celebrate our graduates,” said Dr. Ronald S. Rochon, USI President. “After reviewing the data that we are receiving for our county and community, and after consulting with the Indiana State Department of Health, the Vanderburgh County Health Department and our elected officials, it became apparent that, despite our best efforts, holding in-person Commencement ceremonies would not be possible without putting the health and safety of those in attendance at risk.”
Members of the USI Class of 2020 will receive a commencement program and gifts from the USI Alumni Association via mail.
Diplomas will be mailed to all graduates who have submitted a diploma mailing address to the Registrar’s Office. Graduates may also arrange to pick up their diploma, as well as their diploma cover and any honor stoles and tassels, physically on campus.
Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies, originally scheduled for Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, had initially been postponed to August 14-16 due to the coronavirus pandemic, until the cancellation was announced on July 17.