Rogers GateWith the declarations of emergency at every level of government related to the Coronavirus and recommendations to restrict gatherings to small numbers of people, Columbia College has made the difficult decision to postpone its Spring 2020 Nurses Pinning, Ivy Chain Ceremony and two Commencement Ceremonies that were set for April 25.

“Our commitment to the wellbeing of our students, faculty, staff and guests who would be joining us on campus is our top priority. Cancelling these events is an unfortunate but necessary measure to limit the transmission of the virus,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, President of Columbia College. “The opportunity to celebrate our students and their academic achievements is extremely important to us. We are looking forward to the members of the Class of 2020 joining the Columbia College Alumni Association and appreciate the sacrifices they have made to get this point.”

To accommodate any students who were unable to walk in the Spring Commencement ceremonies, the college will host two ceremonies on December 19, 2020 instead of the one ceremony that is traditionally held.

Also, the full list of Columbia College Commencement ceremonies around the country that have been cancelled is below:

  • April 30 – Guantanamo Bay, Cuba
  • May 2 – Salt Lake City, Utah
  • May 7 – Fort Sill, Oklahoma
  • May 7 – Lemoore, California
  • May 9 – Denver, Colorado
  • May 29 – San Luis Obispo, California
  • May 29 – Whidbey Island, Washington
  • May 30 – Marysville, Washington

It’s possible there will be additional Columbia College Global cancellations, and that will be re-evaluated in mid-April.

For more information on the college’s efforts to curb the spread of the Coronavirus, click here.