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Anne Arundel Community College postpones commencement ceremony in response to coronavirus

Anne Arundel Community College has postponed its spring commencement ceremony, according to a release by the college president on Wednesday.

The ceremony will be postponed until further notice, Dawn Lindsay stated in the release.

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“However students meeting the requirements to graduate this spring will still be able to earn their degrees and certificates,” Lindsay said.

In addition, the campus buildings will not be open through May 22. Student services will be provided remotely through the final term. Details for summer plans are still being developed and will be sent out in the next college update.

Last week, St. John’s College canceled its May 10 commencement ceremony. The county public school system and Naval Academy have not made announcements about graduation ceremony cancellations.

When 21-year-old Edgewater student Hunter Davis found about the community college’s announcement he sent texts to his friends who also plan on graduating this spring.

“I have a couple friends that I would’ve liked to hang out with for graduation,” Davis said.

Before this semester, Davis has participated in a commencement. He helped film the ceremony as part of the drone company, Annapolis Ascents, he said.

He said he was looking forward to filming the ceremony again.

But in the face of a global pandemic, Davis said that plans for the commencement ceremony have changed.

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“I am sure that before the virus, my grandparents would’ve probably come up and visited,” Davis said. “They would’ve loved to see all of it.”

The college has also rescheduled fall registration for June 1.

“Again, I want to thank you for your cooperation to protect the health and safety of our community. This is an unprecedented situation, and we recognize how disruptive it is to you,” Lindsay said.

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