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Delaware State University to hold “virtual” graduation

March 23, 2020 GMT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware State University plans to have a “virtual” graduation ceremony.

It is the first graduation ceremony to be upended by the spread of coronavirus in Delaware. The outbreak has prompted a slew of closures and postponements over the past two weeks.

On Sunday, Gov. John Carney ordered Delaware residents to stay home and nonessential businesses to close starting Tuesday.

The News Journal reports that University President Tony Allen said in a letter that students in the Class of 2020 will have two options for commencement. They can either take part in a “virtual event” on May 15 or participate in an in-person commencement ceremony in the fall. Allen said the university will choose a date for the ceremony no later than July 1.

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DSU’s campus has been closed to the public since last week.

Online instruction also has been extended through the end of the semester. Initially, students had been told they would likely return to campus in mid-April.