University of Virginia cancels May graduation amid pandemic


The Lawn at the University of Virginia is desolate on graduation weekend at the school Saturday May 16, 2020, in Charlottesville, Va. The lawn would normally be the scene of the school’s graduation with 30,000 people in attendance due to COVID 19 restrictions the school is conducting a virtual graduation. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia has decided to forgo in-person graduation exercises for the class of 2021 because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The school said on its website that it will hand out degrees to students online and produce a internet-based celebration for students, friends and families this May.

UVa President Jim Ryan also said in a message that graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020, which were postponed until this spring because of initial pandemic outbreak, are also canceled.

Last year’s graduates also received degrees in a virtual ceremony in May with plans to combine formal ceremonies with the 2021 class.

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