Graduates and their families gather at the Cajundome on Fri., Aug. 3, 2018 for the summer commencement exercises.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette President Joseph Savoie, Ph.D., announced via email on April 9 that students graduating in May will have a virtual commencement ceremony.

“The COVID-19 pandemic we are experiencing has changed nearly every aspect of our lives, including time-honored University ceremonies such as commencement,” the email reads.

According to the email, the virtual ceremony will take place over social media on May 15, the date originally set for the General Assembly and other commencement ceremonies.

“It will have all of the pomp, circumstance and tradition of our typical commencement ceremonies. It will be professionally produced. Graduates will be individually recognized. Names will be announced,” the email reads.

According to the email, university officials consulted student leadership, analyzed senior survey data and spoke with each of UL Lafayette’s colleges before making the decision.

Savoie confirms in the email that Spring 2020 graduates can walk across the stage during the fall and summer commencement ceremonies and will be invited to a celebration at a later date. Also, graduates will be recognized at a football game in the fall.

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