UW-Madison postpones spring commencement ceremony amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted at 12:08 PM, Mar 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-23 13:09:11-04

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has made the decision to postpone their spring commencement ceremonies due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both ceremonies at Camp Randall and the Kohl Center will have to be rescheduled.

"Of all the decisions we’ve had to make in this extraordinary time, this one has been the most heartbreaking for me," said Chancellor Rebecca Blank. "There is no better event at UW than commencement when we award degrees and celebrate the completion of school for our graduates."

Chancellor Blank says the university held out on making this decision as long as possible, but due to recent bans on public gatherings it was the most responsible decision.

The university will hold a virtual commencement on May 8th for graduating seniors to watch. An in-person event will be held after the coronavirus pandemic comes to an end.

Gov. Tony Evers announced a statewide 'Safer at Home' order will take effect Tuesday.

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