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Canisius College campus on 'academic continuance' through end of semester

The Canisius College campus will be on "academic continuance" through the end of the semester and, in the coming days, President John J. Hurley said, he and other administrators at the college will decide whether commencement ceremonies will proceed as planned on May 13 and 16.

"Given the forecasting about the virulence of Covid-19 and the increasing importance of social distancing, I am announcing today that the college's Academic Continuance Plan will extend through the end of the semester," said Hurley in a letter sent to students and faculty Thursday.

"Students and faculty should not expect to return to campus on April 13. This is not ideal and many aspects of the remote learning experience do not lend themselves to close engagement among faculty and friends that we pride ourselves upon at Canisius, but the present circumstances require this of us," he added.

Regarding the anticipated disappointment that will ensue should commencement ceremonies have to be canceled, Hurley said it is personal for him, too.

"As the father of a graduating senior who has been looking forward to this day for a long time, I fully understand the disappointment this would cause," he said.

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