DATE: 03/17/2020

LYNCHBURG, VA – Officials at the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) office in Richmond, VA, announced today that commencement exercises for all 23 state community colleges will be cancelled due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

In an email message to all VCCS college presidents, Chancellor Glenn DuBois stated, “To date, we have cancelled several events, large and small, across Virginia to comply with what the experts recommend including our State Board meeting in Martinsville and the New Horizons conference in Roanoke.  Sadly, we will add another round of events to that list: our May college commencements. The most recent CDC guidance calls for avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, meaning our commencement season. I’ve consulted with our college presidents and please know that we do not take this step lightly.”

The Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) commencement normally takes place in mid-May each year, and is attended by hundreds of graduating students and their families.

Regarding this change, CVCC President Dr. Capps said, “Obviously, we are disappointed for our students, for they have earned this day of celebration. However, in the current climate, we must do whatever we can to protect the health and safety of the college community and the community-at-large. The postponement of our commencement ceremony does not affect students’ graduation from the college. Students who have completed their requirements will still earn their degrees and certificates. We will commemorate their achievements at a later date, providing them then with the public recognition they so richly deserve.”

Last year’s CVCC commencement ceremony took place on May 15, at the Liberty University Vines Center.  Plans for a postponement of the 2020 ceremony are being discussed for a later time this summer.  CVCC students will be notified of a future date or how the CVCC Class of 2020 will be recognized and honored. 

Chancellor DuBois added, “The colleges will honor the achievements of their Class of 2020 graduates later, at a time and in a manner that is safer for all concerned.”

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