UW-Milwaukee cancels commencement ceremony due to coronavirus pandemic

Posted at 4:37 PM, Mar 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-20 18:19:17-04

MILWAUKEE — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has canceled its May commencement ceremony amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This news comes shortly after UWM announced they would have online classes through the rest of the semester.

The ceremony, which was scheduled for May 17, will not be rescheduled. UWM said they're looking into other ways to celebrate their graduates but have no specific details at this time.

Students will still receive their diplomas and degrees, and should still apply for graduation as they would if there was going to be a ceremony.

In an email to students announcing the cancellation, UWM Chancellor Mark Mone said, "These decisions are not made lightly, but with the best interests of our campus community and our student's families and loved ones in mind, especially since many people would make travel plans to attend."

The school also announced they would be refunding students for housing and updating tuition since students are not on campus.

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