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Waubonsee Community College to cancel graduation ceremonies, officials say

Credit classes to resume in an alternative format starting March 30

Waubonsee Community College will be canceling their graduation ceremonies and credit classes will continue in an alternative format for the rest of the semester starting March 30.
Waubonsee Community College will be canceling their graduation ceremonies and credit classes will continue in an alternative format for the rest of the semester starting March 30.

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UPDATED 5:45 P.M. THURSDAY, MARCH 19:

SUGAR GROVE – Waubonsee Community College will be canceling their graduation ceremonies and credit classes will continue in an alternative format for the rest of the semester starting March 30, according to college officials.

College officials said in a Thursday, March 19 statement that the college's spring break remains extended to March 29 and college campuses will remain closed through that date. They said in the statement the hope is for the college to re-open March 30 with limited services and operations, since many employees will be working remotely.

The statement said the college will begin exploring other options to acknowledge student accomplishments.

"We know that graduation is a monumental achievement and the commencement ceremony is a celebration of that achievement," the Thursday statement read. "Because of the work you have put into reaching this milestone, we greatly regret having to make this decision."

Students who have already ordered a cap and gown will receive an email with additional information regarding next steps, college officials said in the statement.

The update comes after Amanda Geist, spokeswoman for Waubonsee Community College, had said on Thursday, March 19 that college leadership was meeting on Thursday to look at what the rest of the semester will look like.

“Our focus is on the students and their employees and their health and safety and we continue to monitor what seems to be hourly updates,” Geist said.

All Waubonsee Community College campuses were officially closed as of Wednesday after an employee tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to college officials. College officials had said all buildings will be thoroughly cleaned during the closure and there would be no access to any college buildings. 

College officials said in the Thursday statement that all in-person credit courses will be conducted either online or through an alternative course delivery method beginning March 30. Online or alternative course delivery will continue through the end of the spring semester.

College officials said in the statement the college does not expect the spring semester to be extended. All students will hear directly from their instructors within the next week or 
so, the statement said.

Students who may not have necessary technology resources, like a computer or Wi-Fi, available to them to complete online learning or alternative course delivery may send an email to LibraryTechSupport@waubonsee.edu to express those related needs.

All COVID-19 related updates for the college can be viewed at waubonsee.edu/covid19.

• This story previously said the decision was to be made during a Board of Trustees meeting. That was incorrect and the meeting was a college staff meeting. Record Newspapers regrets the error.

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