Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis announced that all Fall 2020 graduation ceremonies would take place virtually in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Students received this information in a university-wide email on Sept. 23.
A similar announcement was released earlier this year when OSU announced that all in-person Spring graduation ceremonies would take place this fall.
Other universities in the Big 12 conference announced their plans to hold virtual commencements for the fall much earlier in the year, including the University of Texas at Austin, Kansas University, and West Virginia University.
In response to student complaints, five senators in the Student Government Association met virtually last week to author a joint recommendation advocating for an in-person graduation ceremony option for all students who will receive diplomas this fall, given all attendees provide a negative test result for COVID-19 no more than 10 days before attending.
The SGA Senate University Committee heard the recommendation on Oct. 2, and passed it with a 5-0 vote. It is slated to be heard by the senate body on Wednesday, Oct. 6, and if passed will then be forwarded to the OSU Office of the President.
For more information or to read the recommendation, contact SGA Senate Chair Ashley Schultz at email@example.com.