HARRISONBURG, Va. (WVIR) - James Madison University is postponing its on-campus commencement ceremonies to honor its class of 2020. The events were planned for August 7 and 8.
JMU says after discussing the current status of the pandemic with health officials and to comply with Governor Ralph Northam’s Executive Order limiting in-person public gatherings to 250 people or less, it decided to postpone the ceremonies.
The university says it is determined to host an in-person ceremony to honor its graduates but due to many uncertainties, it will not announce a new date.
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James Madison University Media Release:
HARRISONBURG, Va. – James Madison University had hoped to host special on-campus commencement ceremonies August 7-8 to recognize and honor the class of 2020. After consulting with health officials regarding the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in compliance with Executive Order #67 prohibiting in-person public gatherings of more than 250 people (indoors or outdoors), the university has decided to further postpone these on-campus ceremonies.
The safety and health of graduates, their families and friends, and everyone in the JMU community continues to be the university’s guiding principle as administrators continue to make decisions based on the best information available. JMU is determined to host in-person ceremonies to celebrate the extraordinary and resilient Class of 2020; however, given the many uncertainties, the university will not be announcing a new date at this time.
The JMU Class of 2020 was officially conferred in a virtual ceremony in May and received a special gift in the mail from the university. The Class of 2020 consists of 4,508 students. The top three undergraduate majors are health sciences, interdisciplinary liberal studies and psychology. The top three graduate programs are education fifth year format (master of arts in teaching), master of education in special education and master’s degree in accounting.