Corey Knollinger Published

Coronavirus Forces W.Va. Colleges To Postpone Commencements


In the face of social distancing requirements implemented to limit the spread of the coronavirus, colleges across the state are re-examining their commencement plans.

The coronavirus pandemic has not only left colleges rethinking how to conduct classes for the remainder of the semester, but also how to honor their graduates.

West Virginia University, Shepherd University, and West Liberty University have all announced virtual ceremonies for their graduating classes, while postponing their in-person graduations.

Marshall University has also announced that they are postponing their graduation but have not announced any plans for a virtual ceremony at this time.

At all four institutions, the postponement of commencement has no effect on the awarding of degrees, or the end of the semester.

Along with the postponement of their commencement ceremony, West Virginia University also announced the cancellation of all in-person summer courses in favor of online classes during this time.