"So this decision is necessary but disappointing to the entire university community", Rao wrote in a letter to the university. "Commencement is a very special occasion, and a great deal of care went into the recommendation to postpone it for health and safety reasons".
At Hopkins, the decision was made Wednesday in consultation with the university's public health experts. This also means that commencement exercises and class reunions have been canceled.
"Graduation is a significant milestone for our students and while it may not be the same as our traditional ceremony, we are committed to finding the best way possible to recognize the achievements of our graduates", said Penn State President Eric Barron in the release. In-person classes have been suspended through the end of the semester and courses will be taught remotely.
Students will now finish the rest of the Spring 2020 semester online. Both are arranging periods for when students can return to pick up their belongings.
Tertiary institutions in the country have asked their students to leave campus following a directive from President Akufo-Addo that all universities should close down until further notice. The university is aiming to provide answers soon. Dr. Frederick told faculty and students via official press release that a guest who attended the Howard University Charter Day Dinner tested positive for coronavirus.
Commencement 2020 will also be postponed after guidance from the CDC suggested no large social gatherings. Instead, the college is looking to reschedule later in the summer. Each university should develop an alternate schedule or method of delivery, the University System said.