2020 In-Person Commencement Canceled
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
Due to a recent executive order issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly increasing restrictions on public gatherings and the expected out-of-state and international travel involved with holding an in-person commencement, MNU announced that its in-person commencement ceremony rescheduled for August 1, has been canceled.
In his letter to graduates dated July 1, 2020, President Spittal said,
"...the health and safety risks involved with a commencement gathering of this size has increased rather than decreased as we had hoped. It is with heavy hearts and based on these complex issues, I want to inform you that the university has decided to cancel the August 1 commencement in the interest of the health and safety of all who would be involved in that day. Our primary responsibility is to do all we can to protect the health and safety of our faculty, staff and graduates and under the circumstances, this is the prudent decision.
Though we are disappointed, and we know these circumstances are deeply disappointing and challenging for you, nothing can detract from your achievement of this life goal. You have worked hard! Now nothing should keep you from pursuing your hopes and dreams for the future."
The executive order will not change MNU's open status for current operations or plans for the upcoming semester.
For more information, visit the commencement page where graduates may view a virtual conferring of degrees.