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COVID-19: Update on Spring 2020 Commencement

March 18, 2020
Dear Campus Community,
The health and safety of our community remain our foremost concern. Given global projections for the spread of COVID-19, and federal and state guidance about large gatherings, UC Merced has made the difficult decision to postpone the May 16 and 17, 2020 commencement ceremony.
Commencement is a meaningful and momentous day for our graduates, their loved ones and our entire University community and we strive to make it a very special occasion. We are actively working with our Alumni Association and Student Alumni Association to evaluate a range of alternative approaches to honor and celebrate our students and their amazing accomplishments, including the potential for an in-person ceremony that still protects the safety of students and their families.
We thank you for your patience and understanding. We are incredibly disappointed but the health and safety of our graduates and guests must take precedence. For more information on the University’s response to this public health matter, please visit the Emergency Preparedness COVID-19 website .
Nathan Brostrom
Interim Chancellor