Niagara County Community College announced Friday that it has postponed its commencement ceremony indefinitely because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"Based on the global events of late, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the commencement ceremonies originally planned for Saturday, May 16," NCCC President William J. Murabito told students on the NCCC website.
"Please note that the conferral of degrees will still occur on time and diplomas will be distributed early this summer as planned," Murabito said. That will allow graduates to use them in a job search or to transfer to a four-year college, a college news release said.
"I am aware of the great efforts and sacrifices made by NCCC’s Class of 2020, and we look forward to the opportunity to honor their accomplishments properly with a ceremony at a later date. A survey will be distributed to eligible graduates, so that their preferences are taken into account," Murabito wrote.
A notice on the website said students who have already bought caps and gowns from the college bookstores may obtain full refunds anytime before the date of the new ceremony.