The fall 2020 commencement ceremony will be held virtually, Oklahoma State President Burns Hargis announced in a statement to OSU students and Faculty.
“We know this is a disappointment for our graduates and their families,” Hargis said. “However, attempting to hold an in-person ceremony with social distancing and other safety protocols is not feasible considering our commencements draw large crowds inside Gallagher-Iba Arena and to move outside that time of year is not practical.”
The statement comes months after it was announced the spring and summer ceremonies were moved to December. These ceremonies will also be held virtually.
Hargis added the university is planning “meaningful and creative” ways to honor graduates. More detail will be provided at a later date.
“I appreciate your understanding as we once again must alter our commencement approach,” Hargis said. “Despite the challenges and health risks COVID-19 creates, we look forward to celebrating the achievements of our graduates.”