Spring commencement at Augusta University has been postponed. In addition, all university-wide and college-specific hooding and pinning ceremonies are canceled.
“Augusta University understands the significance that commencement is to our students, faculty, friends and families. It is a hallmark achievement that we always look forward to celebrating with you,” said Gretchen Caughman, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost, in a letter to graduation candidates. “Unfortunately, given the uncertainty surrounding the nation’s current health situation, the difficult decision has been made to postpone spring commencement at all University System of Georgia institutions.”
Caughman said the decision will position the university to safely hold the ceremony at a later date. However, no alternate date has been determined.
“Please rest assured that we will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation based on the best public health advice possible, including recommendations from the experts at our own academic medical center,” Caughman added.
University leaders are also considering ways to celebrate commencement virtually.
“We recognize this decision will affect many people, including your family, friends and loved ones. We appreciate your patience as we work through this unprecedented situation,” Caughman said.
More information will be shared with students, faculty and staff as soon as it becomes available.