Miami University cancels commencement over coronavirus concerns

Miami University officials announced Friday the school’s spring commencement has been cancelled due to concerns about the Coronavirus. School officials said plans for a later celebration for graduates from the school’s main Oxford campus - and its regional campuses - are being formulated.(File Photo/Journal-News)

Miami University has canceled its spring commencement because of concerns about the coronavirus.

“While the ceremony in May is canceled, we are exploring other, creative options to bring together our graduates and their families at a later date,” said Miami President Gregory Crawford. “In the coming weeks, we hope to provide you with our plans for the Class of 2020.”

Miami enrolls close to 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students at its main Oxford campus and at regional campuses in Hamilton, Middletown and at a learning center in West Chester Township.

The school, which is Butler County’s largest employer, was among the first in the region to close down classes in favor of remote learning for its students.

Miami officials have ordered all students to move out of residence halls by Saturday as a safety precaution against the COVID-19 virus.

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Crawford said “as we navigate the changing COVID-19 landscape, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and local communities is our top priority. I am heartened by the way the Miami community has stepped up to take on this challenge.

“The past two weeks have been like none other in most of our lives. I wish to thank our incredible faculty and staff who have quickly adapted to deliver instruction and student support services remotely, and to especially thank our students for their flexibility, understanding, and their commitment to complete this semester from a distance.”

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