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IU cancels individual schools' graduation ceremonies due to coronavirus pandemic



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IU graduates shout to their families during the IU graduation ceremony May 4 at Memorial Stadium. IU canceled individual schools’ graduation ceremonies due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. Ty Vinson

IU canceled in-person graduation ceremonies for schools, departments, units and programs, the university announced Wednesday on its coronavirus website.

So far, there is no decision on changing campuswide commencement ceremonies. IU's undergraduate commencement ceremony is scheduled for May 9. 

“Our top priority is the health, safety, and well-being of our graduates and their families and friends,” the website reads.

The cancellation follows IU President Michael McRobbie’s Sunday announcement to move all classes online for the remainder of the spring semester. IU also canceled Little 500 for the first time in history.

President Donald Trump advised Monday to limit gatherings to 10 people to slow the spread of the virus. 

IU is one of several universities to change graduation plans. Purdue announced Tuesday that its commencement ceremonies would be virtual. 

The university will continue updating at coronavirus.iu.edu.

IDS updates on the coronavirus can also be found here.

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