West Virginia University Potomac State College will conduct a virtual commencement ceremony this spring as the result of the continued threat of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The College’s action coincides with that of WVU in Morgantown and its other divisional campus, WVU Institute of Technology, in Beckley, W.Va.
This decision came after WVU in Morgantown and its divisional campuses extended alternative delivery of classes to online learning through the remainder of the spring semester. All employees, except for essential personnel, are working from home and residence halls remain closed. Every event on campus has been cancelled and athletic competitions suspended.
“This was another difficult decision in light of this epic pandemic. We understand and empathize with the disappointment of our students and their families; however, we hope everyone will recognize that we are pursuing these actions for everyone’s health and well-being,” Campus President Jennifer Orlikoff said.
Planning is underway for the virtual celebration. “We could not be prouder of our graduates who have worked so hard to accomplish their goals. We want to celebrate their accomplishments and will do everything we can to make this as special as possible,” President Orlikoff said. “And of course, graduates have an open invitation to next spring’s commencement ceremony to walk across the stage if they so desire.”
The virtual ceremony will be held on the regularly scheduled date Saturday, May 9. Students and their families will receive further details in the upcoming weeks.