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UNK postpones May commencement

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has announced that a combined commencement for both spring and summer 2020 graduates will occur at UNK Health and Sports Center on July 31.

With a scheduled May 8 commencement for spring graduates and uncertainty over allowed crowd sizes, combining spring and summer exercises enables maximum opportunity for graduates who are able to join in a celebration ceremony and walk across the stage.

All May 2020 graduates will be listed in a traditional commencement program that will be downloadable and posted on a special commencement website, and also mailed to the graduates – along with their diploma.

“College commencement is one of the greatest moments in a person’s life. We need to honor that moment for our UNK graduates and the family and loved ones who supported our graduates on their academic path,” UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen said. “It’s also a tremendous moment for our faculty and staff to be recognized for the contributions they’ve made to these students’ individual success.”

UNK Communications and Marketing plans to develop photo, video and social media content featuring the May graduates for sharing on websites and social media channels.

May undergraduate Honors students, who with their families are hosted at a breakfast with the chancellor and deans, will be invited to a summer special Honors breakfast prior to the July 31 ceremony.

Earlier in March all large gatherings for the next months began to be canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May and July graduates can get direct access to information about the ceremony and how to report their planned participation by visiting the website unk.edu/about/commencement.