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Coronavirus cancels URI live commencement; college looking for alternatives

Providence Journal - 3/24/2020

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SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island will not hold a live commencement ceremony on May 16 and 17, but it is looking into alternatives.

"Given the continuing guidance about social distancing and group gatherings, it is essential that the health and well being of our graduates and their families remain our highest priority," URI wrote in a letter to its campus community.

"We do, however, wish to hear from our soon-to-be graduates about their ideas for an alternative commencement celebration. Our student leaders have created a survey for those who had hoped to participate in commencement to provide ideas for how the University can celebrate and recognize students' accomplishments."

The university said it will continue to identify ways to "engage as a community, even if remotely."

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