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UB, Buffalo State postpone commencements; D’Youville accelerating graduations

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Seniors attending at least two Buffalo-area college campuses will not get the traditional “pomp and circumstance” this spring which comes with graduation. Meanwhile, another Buffalo campus is preparing to graduate dozens of students early so they may quickly join the workforce which is taking on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College both announced Tuesday they have postponed May commencement ceremonies.

“Out of concern for the health and safety of our campus community, the University at Buffalo’s May 2020 commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled, said UB president Satish Tripathi in a message posted online. “Plans to reschedule graduation celebrations are currently being developed. We will update our graduates and our entire campus community as soon as possible.

“While we know this is disappointing news to UB’s Class of 2020 as well their families, friends and our university community, this is a necessary decision given the unprecedented circumstances we face. As we look forward to celebrating our 2020 graduates in a manner befitting their accomplishments, I thank you for your continued patience and understanding.”

Buffalo State College president Katherine Conway-Turner stated in her own written message that an alternative time and format will be determined in the future.

“I wish I could provide you with a specific date and format now, but given the anticipated progression of the public health crisis we face, it would be premature to select a new date at this time,” she said among her online remarks. “We will continue to evaluate information as we receive it and communicate a decision once we can better assess the situation.

“Commencement is one of our most cherished traditions, and I remain fully committed to celebrating the achievements of our graduates with their families and our entire campus community. While I realize that some of you may not be able to attend in person once we establish a new date, we are exploring ways to celebrate you and your wonderful accomplishments in another format.”

Meanwhile, D’Youville College announced Tuesday it is accelerating graduation for students in higher-need medical fields, including more than 30 pharmacy students and 81 nursing students. Students who opt for early graduation will be offered a $1,000 bonus to be used for rent or down payment on a house anywhere in New York State.

Michael Mroziak is an experienced, award-winning reporter whose career includes work in broadcast and print media. When he joined the WBFO news staff in April 2015, it was a return to both the radio station and to Horizons Plaza.
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