Commencement in question

By Connor Tuohy

Loras College Senior Graduation is being questioned as the school deals with the COVID-19 pandemic. The college will be closing as of Friday, and students will not be able to return to campus until Apr. 20 which was recently ordered by President Jim Collins. Now, this brings up the question whether or not commencement will take place for the seniors that are graduating this year. They are hoping that they will be able to graduate on time, but that could be pushed back due to Coronavirus concerns.

The school is also concerned about large crowds after the Centers of Disease Control (CDC) announced that they’d prefer not to have more than 50 people all in one area.

“I think the big thing is having those relationships that you built up for the past four years with professors and suddenly you’re not able to see those people again,” senior CJ Ponton said. “Having that one final sendoff together is a joyous occasion of thinking back on all those fond memories you’ve had.”

However, President Collins believes that Commencement will still take place at the end of the school year.

“Right now I see folks attending, but we are still a long way out, and it’s hard to predict anything,” Collins stated. “Even if the situation has deterred across the country, our thought wouldn’t be so much cancelling it, but postponing it.”

Commencement as of right now is scheduled for May 23, 2020.

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