The University of Virginia’s College at Wise announced it will hold its Commencement 2020 exercise in October, but will livestream a virtual ceremony on May 9 to confer degrees to the Class of 2020.

The virtual ceremony will be livestreamed at 11 a.m. on the original day the UVA Wise Class of 2020 would have graduated prior to the social distancing required to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Details of the livestreaming will be posted at and on social media soon.

“The virtual ceremony will serve as the official end of the academic year and allow all those who earned their degrees to graduate on time,” Chancellor Donna. P. Henry said. “Please tune in for greetings, remarks and conferring of degrees. We plan to hold Commencement 2020 in the David J. Prior Convocation Center on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.”

Henry said the College may consider alternate dates for the October ceremony if the pandemic evolves. She urged against making any travel plans until a clearer picture of safety measures and necessary precautions emerge in the fall.

The College will distribute caps and gowns to graduates so the Class of 2020 can move forward with traditional graduation photographs. Local students will receive an email with instructions for times to pick up the caps and gowns. Students who live far away from the campus will receive their caps and gowns in the mail. Local students will have the opportunity to pick up their packet from campus or from the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia on designated days.

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