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  • July 1, 2020
  • Office of Marketing and Communications

The State University of New York at Fredonia has announced the rescheduled 2020 Commencement ceremony on Aug. 8 has been called off. 

"Unfortunately, because of restrictions proposed on large gatherings, we will not be able to proceed with the August date for Commencement 2020," Interim President Dennis Hefner said in an email to campus. "The Senior Class officers were contacted, and asked their opinion of moving Commencement to May 2021."

Members of the Class of 2020 will receive an email asking if they would rather have a virtual Commencement ceremony, or hold an in-person event next May, the same weekend the Class of 2021 is scheduled to hold their ceremony.

The move to August was announced in the spring after large events were cancelled or postponed due to the spread of COVID-19. Two identical Commencement ceremonies were originally planned for May 16 to honor the approximately 1,000 degree candidates eligible to participate.

After the initial rescheduling to August was announced, Fredonia's Department of Marketing and Commmunications produced a Class of 2020 celebration video, which was released on the day of the originally scheduled ceremonies.


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