Delaware Public Media

Univ. of Delaware postpones its commencement

Apr 2, 2020

The University of Delaware’s commencement is among the latest events called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The school announced Thursday that its 2020 graduation ceremony, scheduled for Saturday, May 30 at Delaware Stadium, is postponed.

“We’ve had to take a series of responsible, yet drastic measures to keep our community safe and healthy," said UD President Dennis Assanis in a letter to the UD community. "Unfortunately, this now means that we must postpone our plans for the traditional Commencement ceremony scheduled for May."

Assanis added move is not a cancellation, and discussions bewteen school officials and select student leaders are underway to decide how and when to proceed.

The school is also seeking input from students scheduled to graduate through an online survey that can fill out before April 9th.

 "We are committed to giving the amazing Class of 2020 a wonderful send-off in true Blue Hen style,” sid Assanis.

Students were asked to leave campus on March 17th and online classes began Monday. 

Delaware State University announced just over a week ago it will not hold an on-campus commencement this May.  It plans a virtual graduation on May 15th and another one on campus next fall.  Degrees will be mailed sometime in May or June.

DSU annoucned this week it will, like UD, offer students the option to change their spring classes to pass/fail.