By Ali Sullivan

The University of Virginia has postponed Final Exercises for the Class of 2020 until Oct. 9-11 due to COVID-19 concerns. If the October date proves unfeasible, Final Exercises will again be rescheduled to May 28-30, 2021 — a week after Final Exercises for the Class of 2021.

The university will also hold a virtual ceremony May 16 to confer degrees. The original graduation ceremony was scheduled for May 16 and 17 but was canceled over the global pandemic.

“[The virtual ceremony] will serve as the official end of the academic year and allow all those who earned their degrees to graduate on time,” University President Jim Ryan said in a Thursday email to the Class of 2020. “We are planning something memorable to mark the occasion, and will have more details to share soon.”

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Ali Sullivan

Ali Sullivan is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She received a B.A. in Media Studies and Government in 2020.