President Vincent Price announced that Duke has decided to postpone commencement for the Class of 2020, but he is committed to holding an in-person commencement celebration on campus at some point.
In an email sent to the Duke community, Price wrote that they are currently exploring a future date for the ceremony and will send diplomas later this spring. The commencement speaker, Ken Jeong, Trinity '90, has agreed to mark the original May 10 graduation date with an online celebration.
"I know firsthand that commencement is one of the highlights of the Duke experience—an uplifting and inspiring celebration of our graduates and their accomplishments, and a memorable occasion in the life of our great university," Price wrote. "I also know how disappointing this turn of events will be for you and your families, at a time when we are all sadly engulfed in disappointing and disheartening news."
The decision comes a result of health advisories against large gatherings and travel as a result of the coronavirus. All departmental ceremonies will also be postponed.