Clark State Community College graduated 412 students during the fiftieth annual commencement exercises at the Clark State Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Barbara J. Perenic/Staff
Photo: Barbara J. Perenic
Photo: Barbara J. Perenic

Clark State postpones graduation in response to coronavirus

Clark State made the decision on Monday to postpone its May 9 graduation until summer in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 

“The decision to extend Clark State’s modified operations did not come lightly,” said Dr. Jo Alice Blondin, president of Clark State. “This decision was made out of an abundance of caution, a desire to keep the Clark State community safe, and prevent the spread of COVID19.”

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Commencement is now scheduled for August 15. 

“We know that these are critical times for students, and we will continue to be diligent in ensuring and supporting their success during this unprecedented situation,” Blondin said. “We also wish to alleviate the uncertainty around important campus milestones such as graduation and reassure students and employees that we will return to normal operations as soon as possible.”

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The announcement also said the university’s “modified operations” have been extended through the end of the spring semester, May 8. 

Clark State’s modified operations are effective on all campus locations including the main campus in Springfield, the Greene Center in Beavercreek, the Xenia REACH Center and Ohio Hi-Point Career Center in Bellefontaine. All courses have been moved to online or alternate formats for the remainder of the spring semester.

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