A letter to the Class of 2020 from President Alan Shepard

March 26, 2020 – 5:50p.m.

To our graduating students and all members of the Western community:

I’m writing to inform you that we have decided to postpone Western’s spring convocation as part of our larger response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all scheduled ceremony dates from May 22 through June 19.

This difficult decision was made earlier today by the University’s Convocation Board. I regret having to share such disappointing news and wanted you to know as soon as possible.

Our decision was made with guidance from public health authorities and with the best interests of our community at heart, particularly those of our graduating students and their families, as well as the many faculty and staff whose efforts make convocation such a joyous occasion.

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