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Press Release

Marymount University extends online-only class period through end of semester, exploring alternative commencement options

By: Marymount University

March 20, 2020

This Wednesday, Marymount University announced to students, faculty and staff that the online-only class period that started this week will be extended through the end of the spring semester, including final exams.

It was also decided that the traditional commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 2020 would be canceled in order to best protect the health and safety of the greater Marymount community, as cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) increase throughout the region. However, the University is reaching out to graduating students to receive their input on how they would like to celebrate this milestone and their achievements at Marymount, whether through a postponed commencement to be held at a later date or a virtual commencement ceremony. More details on an alternative commencement option will be forthcoming.

To date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Marymount community. Nevertheless, the University is taking proactive steps to limit any potential spread of the virus in the future. This includes recommending that students who are residing on main campus move out by March 29 and return to their homes. Those who are unable to leave may still remain in student housing. The University is also exploring options for providing prorated credits/refunds, with further details on this process to be provided at a later date.

As for Marymount Athletics, the difficult decision was made to cancel the remainder of the spring season and all recreational activities. This is in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of all remaining winter and spring championship tournaments. Marymount’s athletic conference, the Atlantic East, has also canceled the remaining spring season for all of its teams as well.

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