COVID-19 surge prompts scaled-back commencement plans

Kansas State announced changes to fall commencement ceremonies. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Kansas State is scaling back commencement ceremonies planned for Nov. 20-22, according to a special announcement in K-State Today.

Previous plans allowed for a few short commencement speeches and for students to invite up to two guests. Now, there will be no speeches or processionals. The university invites family and friends of graduates to watch commencement ceremonies online rather than in person.

The changes come in response to a recent “and projected” surge in COVID-19 cases in Manhattan, the press release reads.

Students will still hear their names called and have a photo opportunity while maintaining social distancing at the physical ceremonies. The university has consulted local health officials to ensure adequate safety measures are taken.

Spring, summer and fall 2020 graduates may postpone their participation in commencement until spring 2021. The university will release details for graduates wishing to take this option in the coming months.