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Howard Community College postpones May commencement ceremony

Graduation ceremony canceled after 'Columbine' threat
Posted at 2:55 PM, Mar 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-21 14:55:54-04

COLUMBIA, Md. — Howard Community College will be postponing their May commencement ceremony as COVID-19 continues to evolve.

“Commencement is the culmination of years of work for the class of 2020 and the most joyous celebration at the college. However, there continues to be too much uncertainty about how long the Maryland state of emergency will last. As a result, the college made the difficult decision to postpone commencement,” said Dr. Kate Hetherington, president of Howard Community College. “Graduates deserve the best commencement possible, and with travel and events impacted by the coronavirus, we have decided to reschedule the event at a later date to allow students to fully celebrate with friends and family.”

Additional operational updates from the college:
· All college events are canceled through May 31. This will be reassessed on or before this date, as new developments arise.
· The college remains closed for spring break through March 22.
· All credit and noncredit classes are canceled March 23–29. Campus access is restricted.
· Beginning March 30, the college will move to remote (online) delivery of instruction and services for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.