BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University’s Chancellor Sheri Everts announced today the university’s Spring 2020 Commencement will be held virtually. Spring 2020 graduates will have the option to participate in December 2020 Commencement.
In an announcement to campus, Everts said, “There are many details to work out, but please know my leadership team and I are committed to preserving, to the greatest extent possible, the essence of the celebrations and milestones of the final weeks of the spring semester, including commencement.”
In her announcement Everts also stated, “On Monday, Appalachian will begin a new normal,” and she provided updates pertaining to the university’s adjustments in light of the coronavirus and its disease, COVID-19. Students will begin studies online and through alternative course delivery methods on Monday, March 23.
“It has taken tremendous effort on the part of our faculty to make this move and they have proven yet again to be selfless and adaptive professionals. It will not be a seamless transition, and as we work out the kinks together, it will be important to be patient and recognize we are all working alongside one another to provide the best possible academic experience for our students,” Everts said.
Her message further addressed facilities access and dining services, and shared that 160 students who met the criteria to stay on campus will remain in their residence halls. Information on these and other related issues can be found on the university’s dedicated coronavirus website.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls more than 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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