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Halifax Community College (HCC) leadership has postponed Spring 2020 commencement exercises until Aug. 1 amid coronavirus concerns.

The graduation ceremony, originally scheduled to take place May 9, will be moved to the later date to accommodate growing apprehension about the spread of the coronavirus. However, it is important to the administration to recognize the successes of all students.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly altered plans and events for all of our students and faculty,” said Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC. “What has not been altered is the hard work and success of our students – and soon-to-be graduates. The HCC administration wants to ensure that all of our students have the chance to be recognized for their commitment to their coursework, especially through these challenging times.”

The graduation ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1. Students and families will have the opportunity to acknowledge and honor accomplishments and look forward to the next step in the journey for all graduates.

“The HCC Patriot strength has really been evident over the last few weeks,” Elam said. “I have no doubt that will continue in the days ahead as students strive to complete requirements. They have earned the chance to celebrate. We want to ensure all students have that opportunity.”

HCC has shifted to an online-only instructional model as the COVID-19 cases continue to increase across the state. On-campus classes, including laboratory-based classes and applied sciences, ended on March 20 until at least April 13.

For more information, please contact the President’s office at 252-536-6399.