Angelo State University has announced that the Commencement Ceremony for spring and summer graduates on Aug. 15 will be virtual rather than being held on campus.
A letter sent to the graduates from Angie Wright, interim president, and Don Topliff, provost and vice president for academic affairs, states:
We are so proud of you, the ASU graduates of 2020. You have reached another milestone, and you did it while overcoming the new challenges that have faced the ASU family and the nation.
We know you wanted the opportunity to physically walk across the stage in the Junell Center and receive your diploma in front of the friends and family that have supported you, along with the faculty and staff that helped you reach this pinnacle. We sincerely wish that could have happened. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has changed all of our plans. Due to the tremendous challenges given the restrictions that remain in place for larger gatherings at this time, ASU has determined it cannot safely hold a ceremony on our campus without undue risk to attendees and our staff.
The virtual ceremony will occur on August 15th and we will do our very best to make it a meaningful ceremony celebrating your achievements. We are working on the details right now, and will keep you updated as plans are put in place.
We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It isn’t what any of us wanted, but it is what we feel is in everyone’s best interest.
We hope you are safe. We thank you for your patience, perseverance and loyalty to the Ram Family!