Howard College made the robust however accountable name to cancel its commencement ceremony and all associated occasions this yr to assist curtail the unfold of coronavirus. The choice was finalized after a visitor of the college examined optimistic for the virus in latest days.
In accordance with the college’s president, Wayne A. I. Frederick, a visitor who attended the Howard College Constitution Day Dinner examined optimistic for COVID-19, also called the coronavirus. As a result of optimistic check, Frederick advised all dinner members “monitor and report back to your physician in the event you start exhibiting flu-like signs” and he mentioned the D.C. Division of Well being is investigating the scenario.
Frederick additionally introduced, through a letter to the Howard group, that commencement has formally been cancelled:
“Graduation and All-Class Reunions are canceled. On Sunday, the CDC issued suggestions that for the subsequent eight weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person occasions that include 50 individuals or extra all through the US. Though the CDC states that this doesn’t apply to the everyday operations of establishments of upper training, we don’t take into account graduation a day-to-day operation. Provided that Howard’s Graduation actions garner crowds of 1000’s, and the quite a few elders and kids recurrently in attendance, we are going to cancel the occasion to keep away from the potential for extra virus unfold which might be problematic.”
Howard is the most recent of many establishments to cancel massive occasions, however among the many first universities to announce its graduation ceremony might be canceled.
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