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Lee University Postpones May Commencement



Lee University will combine its spring commencement ceremonies with the previously scheduled summer commencement, taking place August 1 on Lee’s campus. This announcement was made Monday, April 6, during two different meetings on Zoom, one with students and one with staff and faculty.

“I regret that we have to wait that long to celebrate our graduating seniors, but in light of current circumstances and in the interest of everyone’s health and safety, we must wait until the summer,” said Conn. “But I promise you, we will get to celebrate with all the bells and whistles, Lord willing.”

Conn had encouraged all graduating seniors to let him know directly if they would prefer a virtual graduation or a postponement if the May date could not happen, and with few exceptions, most all expressed the desire to postpone so they could cross the stage on site.

Other announcements were made on Monday concerning refunds, closures, and cross-cultural trips.

Conn confirmed that all students who had paid for housing and/or meal plans for the spring semester would receive partial refunds. The university plans to issue these refunds by mid-April, though students may leave the funds in their accounts, should they wish to apply the credit to their next semester.

Conn stated to the faculty/staff that approximately 90 percent of Lee employees are staying at home, working remotely in most cases. “Colleges and universities are considered an ‘essential service’ by the state and the CDC,” he said. “So we need to keep our work going as well as we can while staying home and observing ‘social distancing’ guidelines.”

The dining hall, which had been operating on a limited take-out service only, completely closed Monday until further notice.

It was also announced that all cross-cultural trips scheduled to happen in May or June have been postponed or cancelled.

Despite all of the schedule changes and disruptions to routine, Conn reminds students to “stay optimistic, stay healthy, and stay in touch.”

“No matter what, whether we do it from our homes or on the web, we are still here for you, and we will keep doing what we do, caring for you and providing an opportunity for you to learn and grow,” Conn said.

Lee University’s social media channels and website  remain the best source of information about scheduling, updates, and other announcements.

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