University of Maryland cancels all winter commencement activities due to COVID

The University of Maryland at College Park announced Thursday that it is canceling all winter commencement activities, including the main graduation ceremony scheduled for Dec. 20, because of a sharp uptick in COVID-19 cases.

“This decision was not made lightly,” University President Darryll J. Pines wrote in a letter. “We know how important this time is for our winter graduates and their families, but our first responsibility must continue to be the health and well-being of our community. All winter graduates will be invited to the spring ceremony in May.”

The cancellation also applies to all college, school and department ceremonies scheduled for Dec. 21 and 22.

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