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About 800 students received their diplomas at Fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

Fall commencement to be held online

Ohio University announced Wednesday that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall Commencement ceremony will be held virtually.

The ceremony will be streamed at 2 p.m. on Dec. 12, according to a news release from the university. The name of each candidate will be announced during the ceremony.

The decision was based on state guidance on large gatherings. OU developed a virtual plan to honor the graduates despite the pandemic.

“We are very proud of our graduates and want to honor them appropriately,” OU President Duane Nellis said in the news release.

The spring 2020 graduates decided to have an in-person ceremony whenever it is safe to do so, but a team of staff members are working on plans for a virtual event for the fall graduates.

Fall graduates, along with their family and friends, can expect an academic ceremony with addresses from university leaders and special speakers that have not yet been announced.


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