Quinnipiac University is postponing commencement ceremonies because of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Let me assure you — we intend to hold an in-person Commencement at a future date. However, because of the coronavirus and uncertainty it has introduced, we are postponing the date of Commencement 2020. This decision is also based upon CDC guidelines and the recommendation of Connecticut’s governor to limit public gatherings and travel outside the home,” Quinnipiac University president Judy Olian posted on the university’s website.
The school has been closed and remains closed for the rest of the spring semester while classes are offered online to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It’s not yet clean when the graduation ceremonies will be held.
“We do not yet know the new date for Commencement 2020 because there are simply too many uncertainties about the duration and persistence of the virus. That said, I want to provide you with clarity about our commitment to still hold an in-person event, at a time when uncertainty has ruled much of your daily lives,” Olian posted.
The school said it will give adequate notice for students to plan to attend graduation.
“Whether it has to be summer or fall, I want nothing more than to see each one of you and your families back at Quinnipiac,” Olian posted.”
While ceremonies are postponed, the school will be reaching out to graduates to get them transcripts and a copy of their degree.
“While the ceremony recognizing your achievements through Commencement may not occur until later in the year, many of you will be heading into the workforce or to graduate studies at the end of this semester. We want to make sure you have the proper transcripts and copy of your degree for your next exciting chapter as a lifelong Bobcat,” Olian wrote.
“Be safe, be #BobcatStrong, and I look forward to seeing you on the new date for Commencement 2020 to celebrate the awesome accomplishments of our college graduates,” Olian said.
The key symptoms of the coronavirus, according to the CDC are:
- Shortness of breath
Symptoms can appear in infected persons two to 14 days after exposure.
Coronavirus Prevention Steps
Steps for prevention from the CDC include:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
- Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public, such as to the grocery store
- Coverings should not be placed on children under 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
- The face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected
- Do NOT use a facemask meant for a health care worker
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Steps to Self-Monitor for Coronavirus
Steps to self-monitor from the CDC include:
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
- Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the time you are practicing social distancing.
- Avoid crowded places (such as shopping centers and movie theaters) and limit your activities in public.
- Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).
If you do get sick with a fever, cough or have trouble breathing, call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room and communicate with your doctor about your recent travel.
- If you develop symptoms, stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
The CDC has a special website set up with details about the coronavirus, including how it spreads and treatment.
Anyone with questions relating to coronavirus can call 2-1-1 or text "CTCOVID" to 898211. The 2-1-1 hotline is available 24 hours a day.
You can also visit the state's coronavirus information website here. Residents are encouraged to check the website for answers to questions before calling the hotline.