Commencement Public Health Announcement:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has provided COVID-19 specific travel guidelines and safety guidelines for celebrations to help protect individuals and their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. Commencement is a time of celebration and all graduates and guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the ceremony.
Graduates and their guests planning on participating in the in-person ceremonies on Friday, Dec. 11 or Saturday, Dec. 12, must agree that they will not attend the ceremony if the graduate, guests, or traveling companions:
- Are sick or experiencing one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Have tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within 10 days prior to commencement or travel to campus
- Are waiting for results of a COVID-19 viral test
- Have been around someone with the suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (even if they did not have symptoms).
- Are at increased risk for severe illness. According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
To help maintain physical distancing guidelines, graduates and guests must also agree that they will not sell, transfer, or otherwise provide any of their tickets to anyone other than family members within their household (or other trusted close contact acquaintances).
YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL STADIUM POLICIES, INCLUDING HEALTH AND SAFETY POLICIES, AND POSTED INSTRUCTIONS WHILE IN THE STADIUM AND ON STADIUM GROUNDS.
AN INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 EXISTS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT. COVID-19 IS AN EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN LEAD TO SEVERE ILLNESS AND DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, SENIOR CITIZENS AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. BY ENTERING THE STADIUM AND STADIUM GROUNDS, YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19.