March 30, 2020 in News
Clarks Summit University’s traditional, on-campus Commencement will not take place as planned on Saturday, May 2. This decision to postpone the university’s largest gathering of the year is part of the efforts CSU has made to slow and limit the spread the Covid-19 pandemic.
To comply with health recommendations and gathering guidelines, 2020 Commencement will be postponed, however, plans are in place to celebrate the class of 2020 in a special, combined Commencement ceremony on May 1, 2021. All degrees earned will still be conferred to graduates at the close of the semester; diplomas will be mailed in June.
“Of course, as each day goes by, we want to see our students in person more and more. We want to celebrate the accomplishments of our 2020 graduates,” says CSU president Dr. Jim Lytle. “Right now, our greater responsibility to honor God by loving our greater community and doing our part to slow this virus.”
“The CSU family – faculty, staff, board members, students, and especially the class of 2020 – has experienced a tremendous shift from what they expected this spring semester to look like,” continues Lytle. “While I’m saddened by the effects of this virus seen around the world, I’ve seen grace-filled reactions from every part of the CSU family. Even amid disappointment, we have a confident hope and peace beyond understanding that we can share with a hurting world. This graduating class is resilient, and I’m excited to see what God does to powerfully impact our world through them. For this reason, I am confident that our graduates will handle this news with hope to temper their disappointment. I’m also confident that the 2021 Commencement will be an extra special celebration to remember!”