University of Texas will hold commencement ceremonies virtually

The University of Texas will hold its 2020 commencement ceremonies virtually. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The University of Texas will hold its 2020 commencement ceremonies virtually. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The University of Texas will hold its 2020 commencement ceremonies virtually. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

University of Texas President Gregory Fenves announced March 25 in a video interview with commencement speaker Brené Brown that the college’s commencement ceremonies will not be held in person on May 23 as the school continues to put measures in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Instead, UT will hold the ceremony for graduating seniors virtually and will postpone the in-person commencement ceremony to sometime later this year.

Brown, a UT alumna, bestselling author and research professor at the University of Houston, said in the video call that accepting and confronting emotions in this time can help students cope with a difficult situation.

"It's important to give ourselves permission to say this is hard," she said.

On March 17, UT announced it would be holding all courses online for the rest of the semester and asked students not to return to campus.


As of 7 p.m. on March 24, there have been 98 confirmed positive cases of the coronavirus in Travis County.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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