Carl Albert State College has postponed graduation ceremonies to the spring of 2021, effectively canceling the ceremony originally scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21.
Campus leadership made the decision to cancel commencement festivities because of the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19. “We, our students, staff and faculty, have done a tremendous job with our efforts to mitigate the spread of this virus,” CASC President Jay Falkner said in a statement. “Our leadership team feels that holding a large ceremony on campus, with limited ability to socially distance, would undermine the efforts of our entire campus community toward keeping our campus safe. It is unfortunate, but a decision we feel is in the best interest of our entire Viking family.”
While the campus leadership shares the dismay of CASC’s students and their family and friends, the statement says that celebrating the milestones of the students is something very special to the entire Viking family.
Campus leadership wants to provide each graduate with a memento of their achievement. Each graduate will receive a special, commemorative tassel to mark their accomplishment and celebrate their commitment to achieving their goals.
“The decision to cancel this fall’s graduation ceremony is not a reflection of our joy and admiration of our graduates and their accomplishments. The year 2020 will forever be remembered as a year of trial and triumph. Our graduates should remember that they overcame much adversity to achieve their goals this year,” Falkner said in the statement.
“On behalf of our leadership team, and the Board of Regents, I wish to convey my deepest regrets over this decision, but also my utmost esteem for your dedication and diligence. You should be proud of what you have accomplished.”
Details on spring 2021 graduation festivities will be announced at a later date.
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