Graudates at a commencement ceremony sitting in their colorful regalia.

2020 Commencement Ceremony

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges that academic institutions have never faced before. I write to share one of the most painful decisions we have ever had to make.

Based on current projections for the spread of COVID-19 in the Charleston area and guidelines for social distancing, and after deliberation between the MUSC Board of Trustees and MUSC senior leadership, we have made the extremely difficult decision to cancel the MUSC commencement ceremony scheduled for May 16, 2020.

Commencement is usually a special and memorable occasion where we gather with family and friends to celebrate you and your accomplishments. However, this moment in time mandates that we place the safety of our students, your families, and our fellow citizens above all else. We have received and read your comments from the graduating student surveys and will continue to work with all of you to determine alternate ways to celebrate your incredible achievements. Many of you expressed interest in having us explore whether hooding/award ceremonies might be able to continue, and we recognize that these seminal events are important to you and your families. We are exploring options to provide alternatives that will align with the requirements set by the CDC, state governor and city government, which mandate minimal social contact. At this time, I must regretfully encourage you to inform your friends and family members who were scheduled to attend graduation events in May to cancel their plans. If any events are postponed to a later date you will be informed immediately.

In respect and admiration,
Lisa K. Saladin, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

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