SAN JOSE – San Jose State University is postponing its spring commencement amid the coronavirus pandemic.
University President Mary Papazian broke the news in a letter Wednesday. She said California State University made the “difficult decision system-wide” after evaluating guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, public health experts and state officials.
The delay extends to all college, department and student group celebrations, Papazian said.
Commencement was scheduled to take place May 20-22. Papazian acknowledged the significance of the event, calling it the “most important and sacred day of the academic year.”
“We have placed a high priority on giving each San Jose State graduate the opportunity to be recognized for their achievements and will do so for the Class of 2020.
However, it remains unclear when that will happen.
“Unfortunately,” Papazian said, “we do not have clarity on how this health crisis will unfold, so we ask for your patience while we make arrangements to celebrate each of our graduates.”
Papazian said arrangements will be announced through the commencement website “at the appropriate time.”
At least one off-campus student has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, known officially as COVID-19. University officials on Tuesday said the student was at home recovering.
As of Wednesday, 175 people had tested positive for the respiratory disease in Santa Clara County, according to the Public Health Department. Six deaths have been confirmed.
San Jose State delays commencement amid coronavirus pandemic