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So…What’s The Plan For Graduation?

For seniors dreading the extension of the three-week suspension of in-person classes through the end of the semester and potential cancellation of graduation, Michigan’s announcement on Friday afternoon that it was canceling all commencement ceremonies and urging students to move out of Ann Arbor as soon as possible only made things worse.

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For those who might be wondering what the chances are of Penn State doing the same (read: me, 15 minutes ago), no decisions have been made yet, but the university has outlined its plans for graduation on the Frequently Asked Questions page of its coronavirus website.

One of Penn State’s 11 coronavirus action groups is devoted specifically to commencement, and the page says this group has “contingency plans for all manner of developments.” These plans range from holding commencement as scheduled, to enhancing online streaming for family members who cannot travel to the ceremony, to postponing (as opposed to Michigan, which simply said “We will look at ways to celebrate 2020 graduates in the future.”).

Although the choice of what scenarios were included very well may’ve been tactical to prevent an uproar, an optimist will notice that the word “cancel” was not listed as an example of one of the action group’s possibilities. So here’s hoping the university maintains transparency as the situation develops.

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Anthony Colucci

Anthony Colucci was once Onward State’s managing editor and preferred walk-on honors student who majored in psychology and public relations. Despite being from the make-believe land of Central Jersey, he was never a Rutgers fan. If you ever want to know how good Saquon Barkley's ball security is, ask Anthony what happened when he tried to force a fumble at the Mifflin Streak. If you want to hear the story or are bored and want to share prequel memes, follow @_anthonycolucci on Twitter or email him at [email protected]. All other requests and complaints should be directed to Onward State media contact emeritus Steve Connelly.

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