SUNY Schenectady suspended its May 21 commencement ceremony and plans to host a ceremony “at a date later this year,” the community college announced Tuesday.
In a release announcing the decision, the college cited the uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its concern for the health of students and staff.
But the college still said it planned to offer the around 500 graduates the chance to “participate in an on-campus graduation ceremony” later this year. Graduating students will still receive their degrees and certificates as scheduled.
“We strongly believe that our students should be recognized for their academic success,” SUNY Schenectady President Steady Moono said in a statement. “This is what we owe our students as an institution.”