The State University at Buffalo and SUNY Buffalo State have both decided to reschedule their spring commencement ceremonies.
Each postponed event will be held on a date and in a format yet to be determined due to the spread of the new coronavirus.
"Plans to reschedule graduation celebrations are currently being developed," UB President Satish K. Tripathi said in a message posted on the university's website.
"We will update our graduates and our entire campus community as soon as possible, Tripathi added.
Graduation ceremonies at Buffalo State had been scheduled for May 16.
"Please be assured, if you are on track to complete your degree this spring, you will graduate and go on to do amazing things in this world," Buffalo State President Katherine Conway-Turner said Tuesday in a letter to the campus community. "But unfortunately, we must postpone our celebration together until a later time."
"I wish I could provide you with a specific date and format now, but given the anticipated progression of the public health crisis we face, it would be premature to select a new date at this time," she said. "We will continue to evaluate information as we receive it and communicate a decision once we can better assess the situation."
Tripathi said that, while the decision to postpone graduation ceremonies might be disappointing, it's a necessary move given the unprecedented circumstances.
"As we look forward to celebrating our 2020 graduates in a manner befitting their accomplishments, I thank you for your continued patience and understanding," he said.